“Freeheld,” the Peter Sollett-directed film based on the Oscar winning documentary short that details the domestic partnership battle fought by lesbian couple Laurel Hester (played by Julianne Moore) and Stacie Ardeen (played by Ellen Page), has run into some trouble during shooting. THR is reporting that a Catholic boy’s school in New Rochelle, New York has taken back its decision to let the film shoot on its campus.
The location manager described the plot of the civil rights drama to school staffers, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Those staffers then allowed the scout to shoot still photos of the building.
In the scene in question, Moore’s character, a New Jersey police detective with terminal cancer, applies for a domestic partnership with her partner (Page) in order to pass on her pension legally after her death. The school was to stand in for the town hall of Ocean County, New Jersey.
After first approving the shoot, the school’s principal, John Flaherty, then informed producer Michael Shamberg that it had reversed its decision.
We can’t say we’re surprised and wish the filmmakers luck in finding a replacement (we can’t wait for this movie).
Watch the trailer for the documentary the film is based on below: