The upcoming biopic On the Basis of Sex has released the first image of Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsberg, to coincide with the start of production on the film. Jones, who is likely best known now for her recent role as Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, replaced Natalie Portman in the film earlier this summer. Not long after, the film brought on Armie Hammer to play Ginsberg’s husband, Marty. The film’s remaining cast has since been rounded out with Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Justin Theroux, and Sam Waterston. The film follows Ginsburg, a young lawyer, as she teams up with her husband to bring a groundbreaking case against gender discrimination to the Supreme Court.
The project also marks a return to feature films for Mimi Leder, who directed the big-budget disaster movie Deep Impact, before segueing over to television where she earned high praise for her strong work on HBO’s acclaimed The Leftovers. Leder will direct from a script written by Ginsburg’s nephew, Daniel Stiepleman.
As reported by EW, Leder issued the following statement:
“Our story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg resonates with me on so many levels — from the inspiring partnership she found in her marriage, to overcoming adversity as a woman and discovering the strength of her own voice, to her empathetic commitment to those in need of a voice no matter their gender, race, status or religious beliefs. In these tumultuous times, stories like the speak to the heart of humanity and remind us what it means to lead with love and compassion as they move forward.”
This will certainly be a return to form for Jones, who recently earned acclaim for her appearance in The Theory of Everything, a similar film that drew its inspiration from real-life, in which she played Jane Wilde Hawking, former wife of famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. In 1993, Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton. Today, Ginsburg, age 84, is an associate justice and sits alongside Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
On the Basis of Sex will be released in 2018, which correlates with Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court. Given the subject matter, the film will likely be positioned as an awards favorite that year, and with the talent that’s been brought on to the project, it may well stand a chance come Oscar season.
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