Marisa Tomei To Play Gloria Steinem In HBO Mini Produced By George Clooney
by Nellie Andreeva February 23, 2015 4:00pm
On the heels of the 2011 documentary Gloria – In Her Own Words, HBO is revisiting the life and career of feminist icon Gloria Steinem with Ms., a miniseries that would star Oscar winner Marisa Tomei as the journalist and social activist. George Clooney, his producing partner Grant Heslov and Bruce Cohen executive produce the project, now in development, which is toplined/exec produced by Tomei and Kathy Najimy. The mini takes a look at the creation of Ms. Magazine in 1971 through the eyes of the two women who founded and ran it — Steinem (Tomei) and Bella Abzug (Najimy) — and those whose lives it changed during the world-altering early days of the Women’s Movement. Steinem serves as consultant.
Ms. expands HBO’s relation with Tomei, who just inked a first-look development deal with the pay cable network to develop, produce and possibly star in projects.
Tomei, repped by Untitled Entertainment, CAA and Jackoway Tyerman, can be seen in Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange, which was nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards, as well as The Rewrite, opposite Hugh Grant. She is in production on Love, The Coopers alongside Diane Keaton and Olivia Wilde, and has a cameo role in Judd Apatow’s upcoming film, Trainwreck.
Najimy has a relationship with HBO — she has been recurring on the network’s comedy Veep.
After reading the thread title I said to myself that sounds so cool.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More so to the unsung Kathy Najimy landing a part that could her some industry award love and very cool subject to have a miniseries on.
Can’t wait! Love Tomei
Nice! I am amazed that Tomei is 50 years old, but I definitely think that she can pull off 30- to 70-something Steinem with lights and makeup. In the spirit of early predictions, I do hope that this brings Tomei her an Emmy, along with long overdue Globe and SAG Awards, just like her old As The World Turns costar Julianne Moore did with a baity HBO project. Especially after Sarah Jessica Parker’s replacement of Demi Moore got cut from Lovelace a few years ago, I’m really looking forward to a dramatic interpretation of Steinem. There hasn’t been one since Kirstie Alley(!) played her during her time as a Playboy Bunny(!) 30 years ago tomorrow(!) in an ABC Television Movie. I also wonder if Steinem’s stepson Christian Bale will be involved at all. My primary concern is that the project might end up in “development hell” indefinitely, like so many HBO projects. I’m still waiting for Cate Blanchett in Mata Hari and Chloe Sevigny in Lizzie Borden. At least we’ll end up with Queen Latifah in Bessie…soon?