Ellen Page and Julianne Moore are set to play a lesbian couple in upcoming indie flick, ‘Freeheld’.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the feature film is based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning documentary short of the same name. It tells the true story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), a New Jersey police detective who was dealt a devastating blow when she was diagnosed with a terminal illness and was prevented by the government from signing her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page).
The film will be directed by Peter Sollet, known for Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and will be written by Ron Nyswaner, a screenwriter who rose to prominence in 1993 when he wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed Philadelphia. Nyswaner is openly gay, and a fervent gay rights activist.
While still in the early stages of pre-production, funny man Zach Galifianakis is the only other cast member confirmed. He will take on the role of Garden State Equality activist, Steven Goldstein.
This will be the first time Ellen Page will portray a lesbian on screen. Over the weekend, Page publicly announced that she was gay at the HRC Time To Thrive event. Julianne Moore is a gay rights campaigner, and previously played gay in the indie film The Kids Are Alright.
Filmmakers are hoping to start shooting Freeheld this summer.
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