Based on the documentary of the same name, Freeheld tells the true story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), a police officer with terminal cancer fighting to get her partner, Stacie (Ellen Page), access to her pension benefits in pre-marriage equality America.
The story is both emotionally gut-wrenching and historically significant—and will likely get mondo Oscar nods.
Directed by Peter Sollett (Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist) and written by Ron Nyswaner (Philidelphia), Freeheld also stars Michael Shannon, Luke Grimes and Steve Carrell.
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Check out BuzzFeed's exclusive trailer for Freeheld, the movie starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as a real-life New Jersey couple fighting for same-sex rights.
Posted by BuzzFeed Entertainment on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Ellen Page is attached to star in Lioness, an indie drama being developed and packaged by James Dahl, one of the producers of James Ponsoldt’s upcoming The End of the Tour.
Lioness tells the true story of Lance Corporal Leslie Martz, a U.S. Marine who was stationed in Haditha, Iraq.
Martz was sent to Afghanistan as a leader of a Female Engagement Team and tasked with the dual mandate of gaining the trust of Afghan women by equipping them with necessary skills for independence but also secretly extracting information from them about their Taliban husbands.
The soldier, who now lives in San Diego, was waging a personal war on several fronts. She was hiding the fact that was she was a gay woman in the military and on top of that found herself torn between the desire to prove herself and her superiors and the allegiance she developed toward the women and children whose strength and courage she grew to admire
Shortly after she came out of the closet in February 2014, Ellen Page went to work playing Stacie Andree in “Freeheld,” about a real-life lesbian couple that must fight to keep pension benefits after one of them (Julianne Moore) becomes terminally ill.
Page saw the 2007 documentary short “Freeheld: The Laurel Hester Story,” and had been circling a scripted adaptation since then. “It’s always tough trying to finance an independent film, particularly when it’s about two women,” says Page, who is also a producer on the picture, along with her manager, Kelly Bush. “There’s this awful bias that women can’t carry films, which is being proven not true. Hopefully that will start to change.”