Elisabeth Moss reveals she’s working on a new film about a feminist icon

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Susan Devaney

Actress Elisabeth Moss has revealed she’s working on a new film about the inspirational British nurse Florence Nightingale. 

From Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale to Peggy Olsen in Mad Men, Elisabeth Moss is quickly becoming known for her portrayals of strong female leads.

And, thankfully, it looks set to continue as Moss has revealed she’s working on a new feminist film about Florence Nightingale.

“I am fascinated by her,” Moss told the Daily Mail, after scooping a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama (for The Handmaid’s Tale) last week.

The biopic is still in its infancy, but it’s easy to see why Moss is inspired by Nightingale. The legendary nurse, also known as the Lady with the Lamp, fought for better medical conditions as she tended to wounded soldiers in 1854 during the Crimean war. 

Despite women not being allowed to rise up the ranks in the medical profession, Nightingale refused to be side-lined and actively encouraged better training for nurses (who were all female).

And Moss firmly believes her story is still relevant today “because nothing much has changed”.

“She believed in getting things done,” Moss said of Nightingale, which is why the highly influential nurse went on to found the Nightingale Training School for Nurses in 1860 at St Thomas’ in London and was awarded for her great work by Queen Victoria.

The film is expected to be directed by Jeremy Lovering, who worked on the BBC’s Doctor Foster.

We can’t wait to see what Moss brings to the table with this one.

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