Natalie Portman Holds Up Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biopic for One Very Important Reason

Actress Natalie Portman, who signed on in May to portray U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new biopic, revealed that she will only continue with the project if the film is directed by a woman.

"Natalie Portman came to talk to me about this, and we had a very good conversation," Ginsburg told her former clerk, California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, at the American Constitution Society convention in Washington, MSNBC reports. "And one thing, interesting, that she insisted on, it held up the project for awhile. She said, 'I want the director to be a woman. There are not enough women in this industry. There are many talented out there.' And now they do have a woman director."

The biopic, "On the Basis of Sex," will follow Ginsburg's journey as the second female justice and her career-long fight for equal rights. Marielle Heller is also in negotiations to direct with Daniel Stiepelman, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Not only has the "Black Swan" actress portrayed a number of diverse and complex female characters in her career, but she has been outspoken on her views of feminism — making her the ideal fit to play the women’s rights advocate and legal pioneer.

Filming is slated to begin toward the end of 2015, pending Portman's request is fulfilled.

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