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Participant Media has unveiled the cast that will star in the upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic “On The Basis of Sex” as production got underway this week, with Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates and Jack Reynor among those who will star alongside leading actress Felicity Jones.
Jones will play Ginsburg as a young lawyer who brings a critical gender discrimination case alongside her husband, played by Armie Hammer. The film will be released in 2018 to coincide with Ginsburg’s 25th year as a Supreme Court Justice.
Other members of the cast include Sam Waterston, Stephen Root, and Cailee Spaeny. Mimi Leder is directing a script by Ginsburg’s nephew, Daniel Stiepleman. Robert Cort is producing, Participant Media is financing, and Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant are executive producers. Karen Loop and Betsy Danbury will also serve as executive producers.
“Our story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg resonates with me on so many levels — from the inspiring partnership she found in her marriage, to overcoming adversity as a woman and discovering the strength of her own voice, to her empathetic commitment to those in need of a voice no matter their gender, race, status or religious beliefs,” said Leder. “In these tumultuous times, stories like this speak to the heart of humanity and remind us what it means to lead with love and compassion as the way forward.”
Focus Features is distributing domestically, with Lionsgate selling all available international territories. International output partners are Entertainment One (eOne), Nordisk, CJ Entertainment, Alibaba Pictures, Reliance Entertainment and Lev Cinema.