Variety is exclusively reporting that a film based on the true story of Irish immigrant Jennie Hodgers – who posed as a man to fight for the Union Army during the American Civil War – is being aimed for the big screen by Arny Granat, with Stephanie Sanditz attached to adapt the script from Lynda Durrant’s novel ‘My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier’.
Set in the 1800’s, the film will tell the story of Jennie Hodgers, who went by the name of Albert Cashier to enlist and serve her country. Following the war, Hodgers would live as Cashier for much of her life after observing the disparity in opportunity for women at the time. She is also believed to be the first person assigned female at birth to cast a vote for president before Women’s Suffrage.
Tony-winning musical producer Arny Granat, released a statement saying:
A decade ago, I saw this unheralded story and knew it was incredibly important to be told. Ten years later, I think everyone can agree, it’s more important than ever. I’m incredibly excited about bringing the story of Jennie Hodgers and Albert Cashier to life.
Stephanie Sanditz previously won the Tribeca Film Festival’s New Voices in Screenwriting Award for her film ‘Get Your Heart On’. She is also credited for projects ‘Perfection Addiction’ and ‘Heathen’. The report also states that Valerie Gobos will serve as producer on the project.