The documentary short Freeheld, about a landmark LGBT equality case, won an Oscar. Now plans are moving forward to turn it into a feature film, and according to Deadline, it’ll star Ellen Page. A new production company called Incognito Pictures has stepped up to finance the movie, which has a script by Ron Nyswaner (Philadephia), so it seems it really will get made.
Page is attached to play mechanic Stacie Andree, who was denied the pension benefits of her longtime partner and New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester, when the latter became terminally ill. While Hester’s detective partner Dane Wells was conservative and surprised to learn of Hester’s orientation, Wells stepped up to become the leader in the fight for Laurel’s rights to assign her benefits to Andree.
Cynthia Wade, who directed the 2007 short, will serve as one of the feature film’s producers.