After landing her first Oscar win for Best Actress last year, Julianne Moore looks to have another powerhouse performance in store for audiences in the upcoming drama “Freeheld.” The Peter Sollett-directed awards hopeful is based on the true story of New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester and also stars Oscar nominees Ellen Page, Michael Shannon and Steve Carell.
The movie examines what happens to a loving partnership when it isn’t viewed as equal in the eyes of the law. Hester (Moore) falls in love with car mechanic Stacie Andree (Page) before being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and fearing for her partner’s future, she appeals the county’s board of chosen freeholders with the hopes of ensuring her pension benefits will be passed on to Stacie.
The emotional storyline could not be more relevant, and while director Sollett hasn’t made a feature since 2008’s “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” he’s assembled a cast of dramatic heavyweights who are bound to make this material a well-earned tearjerker.
“Freeheld” opens on October 2. Take a look at the exclusive posters below: