Prepare to see actress Natalie Portman in the role you never knew you always wanted. According to new reports, the “Black Swan” actress will star as real-life Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Deadline reports the actress has signed on to star in the real-life story of how Ginsburg overcame a bevy of challenges and obstacles to make her way onto the United States Supreme Court. The film will be titled “On The Basis Of Sex.” Ginsburg was a champion of equal rights for women throughout her career and was appointed to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She is the second female justice, after Sandra Day O’Connor. However, history will also remember her as the first Jewish female justice. She was recently named one of Time’s top 100.
The script, which was penned by Daniel Stiepleman, made the 2014 Black List of the best-unproduced scripts in Hollywood. Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”) is currently attached to the project as its director. Entertainment Weekly, which confirmed the news after Deadline’s initial reporting, says the film is on track to start production by the end of 2015.
Portman has been laying the groundwork for a high-profile and classy project like this for a while. Her recent credits include Terence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” as well as making her directorial debut in “A Tale of Love And Darkness.” She adapted the latter of the two projects from the memoir of Israeli writer and novelist Amos Oz, and the film will premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
As Vulture points out, she’s a very good fit to play the successful, liberal-leaning judge, who despite her diminutive stature is outspoken in some of the positions she takes on the Supreme Court. Not many people know that Portman is a Harvard graduate, as is Ginsburg, who attended its law school. She later transferred to Columbia Law, where served on two prestigious law reviews.