The true story told in "Freeheld" is one that Ellen Page has been passionate to share for years. Attached to star in the movie since 2010, the movie is based on the Oscar-winning short documentary by Cynthia Wade about Stace Andree, a woman who was denied the pension benefits of her longtime female partner, New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester, when the latter became terminally ill. Together they mounted a legal battle for Stace’s benefits to be assigned to her partner.
“I remember just seeing the trailer for the documentary and I was instantly brought to tears,” Page, who is also a producer on the film, told EW. “Tremendous love stories between women have been made, of course. Some of them are my favorite movies. But to have a love story that brings up the civil rights issue, in relation to women—that we haven’t seen enough in the forefront.”
Peter Sollett ("Raising Victor Vargas," "Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist") is at the helm of a starry cast that includes Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon, plus a score by Hans Zimmer. And with a fall release date set for October 2nd, could we be looking at an awards contender? The first trailer has arrived. Watch it below and let us know what you think. [Buzzfeed]
Posted by BuzzFeed Entertainment on Wednesday, July 22, 2015