Our sister site Deadline has exclusively reported that Felicity Jones will play the starring role as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the upcoming film “On the Basis of Sex,” which will be directed by Mimi Leder, whose previous credits include the films “The Peacemaker” and “Deep Impact” as well as “ER” and “The Leftovers.” This will be Leder’s first feature film since “Thick as Thieves” in 2009.
Ginsburg is most famous of course for her role on the US Supreme Court. Appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993, she was only the second woman ever confirmed to sit on America’s highest court. Now 84 years old, she’s the subject of much interest. She typically votes liberally, so her retirement or any health crisis might change the political balance of the court for decades to come with Donald Trump in the White House and the GOP with a majority in the Senate.
But the new film will be set long before Ginsburg’s Supreme Court tenure. It will take place earlier in her legal career when she fought for gender equality and women’s rights. She even won cases before the Supreme Court before she herself was a member. And as the motion picture academy works to improve its representation of women (along with people of color), it will be exciting to see how film from a female director about a feminist icon will be regarded on the awards scene.
“On the Basis of Sex” starts shooting in September and will be released by Focus Features, whose recent awards contenders have included “Loving” (2016), “The Danish Girl” (2015), and “The Theory of Everything” (2014), which earned Jones an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.