Watch Julianne Moore Fight for Gay Rights (and Maybe Another Oscar) In "Freeheld"
By Julie Miller
Nearly a month after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, we receive the first trailer for Freeheld, a tear-jerking drama about a pioneer of the same-sex equality movement. Julianne Moore stars as real-life New Jersey detective Laurel Hester who, upon being diagnosed with incurable lung cancer in 2005, battled her county’s governing body of Freeholders to leave her pension benefits to her domestic partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page). Hester’s efforts were initially blocked by county representatives, and she spent her final weeks in 2006 battling for an appeal.
Michael Shannon and Steve Carell round out the cast — with Shannon playing Hester's straight police partner and unlikely ally, and Carell playing an L.G.B.T. activist who helps Hester’s campaign.
Written by Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) and directed by Peter Sollett (Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist), Freeheld was adapted from Cynthia Wade's 2007 Oscar-winning documentary short of the same name.
Freeheld will open in limited theaters on October 2 before expanding nationwide on October 16. By the looks of the trailer, audiences should bring Kleenex and maybe even their awards ballots.
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