Actress Uma Thurman has been roped in to play the lead in indie drama Girl Soldier.
The story of the film is based on Kathy Cook's book Stolen Angels, which follows the 1996 raid at a boarding school, where a band of armed rebels abducted young girls to turn them into soldiers and sex slaves.
A teacher at the school, Sister Caroline, tracked the rebels back to their camp to demand the girls' release; 110 were returned to the nun, who then began a crusade over the next few years as she rallied parents, the government, the United Nations and the pope to aid in rescuing not only her own girls but other children in rebel captivity.
"This is a film that had to get made," Variety quoted Thurman as saying.
"It's beyond me that in this day and age the exploitation of child soldiers goes virtually unnoticed and unchecked by Western media,” she added.
Will Raee will direct the script written by Stephanie Pinola and Karen Croner.