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How Sandra Bullock Is Changing Sexism in Hollywood With George Clooney's Next Film

How Sandra Bullock Is Changing Sexism in Hollywood With George Clooney's Next Film

Women's roles in Hollywood are often plagued by sexism and ageism — and oftentimes there's a lack of strong women's roles entirely. 

"About two and a half years ago I put out feelers saying, 'I'm not reading anything [written for women] I'm excited about,'" Bullock told Entertainment Weekly.

"Are there any male roles out there that [the filmmakers] don't mind switching to female?"

Bullock decided to take matters into her own hands.

According to Harpers Bazaar, actor George Clooney was developing a movie about the 2006 documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis," a documentary about American political consultants hired by former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada to help him get reelected.

The drama was originally developed to have a male lead.

However, Bullock reached out to Clooney and he decided to change the gender of the lead role to be a woman who will be played by Bullock, according to Harpers Bazaar.

Bullock will star as "Calamity" Jane Bodine, a political strategist.

"She's basically a female Karl Rove," Bullock said according to Harpers Bazaar.

"She's brilliant at the devious side of politics."

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