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In a reversal from what many mid-career actresses experience,Julianne Moore landed the lead in the new movie “Freeheld” not despite her age but because of it.
Director Peter Sollett said he was looking for a middle-aged actress to play opposite Ellen Page, 28, in the fact-based film about a lesbian New Jersey couple, Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, who were at the center of a landmark 2005 LGBT rights case.
And at 49, Moore was the perfect choice to play Hester, a police officer in Ocean City N.J., who received a terminal lung cancer diagnosis and then struggled to pass her pension benefits to Andree. “Julianne and Ellen are [almost] exactly the same age apart as Laurel and Stacie,” he told TheWrap. “Not only was she the right age, she is one of the best actresses of her generation.”
Page and Sollett set out to cast Moore in the role long before the actress won her Oscar for “Still Alice.” And Sollett never once regretted his decision to do so.
“She brings Laurel to life from the inside, and never does she ask the audience to pity her,” the director said of Moore. “She is wise enough and savvy enough to let the context of the film do the heavy lifting for her.”
“Freeheld,” which opened Friday in limited release just four months after the Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal, is based on an Oscar-winning documentary short of the same name by Cynthia Wade.
I have added photos of Julianne from her three outtings last evening to the gallery. She was at Good Morning America, the AOL Build Series and the New York premiere of Freeheld. High quality images have been added to our image gallery.
The Toronto Film Festival is a memory and that is usually when buyers gain the decided leverage on movies that didn’t quite match the pre-festival expectations. Maggie’s Plan was one of those, and Sony Pictures Classics just acquired rights in North America and other key international territories. Written and directed by Rebecca Miller, the film stars Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore. Gerwig plays a single woman determined to have a child by herself. That’s complicated when she steps into a nervy love triangle with a heart-throb academic (Hawke) and his eccentric critical-theorist wife (Moore). SPC also landed rights to the UK, Australia, New Zealand, CIS, Hungary, Romania, China and other Asian territories. CAA and Cinetic brokered the deal.
It was Julianne Moore day at the Toronto International Film Festival. For me , at least. I saw two new Moore films back to back Sunday. First up was a very funny new romantic comedy, Maggie’s Plan in which she stars with Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Bill Hader, playing Hawke’s wife with a very deep Danish accent and hairstyle with a bun pointed to the heavens. She’s genuinely hilarious in this role. On the opposite end of that scale she plays Laurel Hester, a fourth stage cancer patient looking to leave her police pension to her life partner, but fighting a commission that won’t recognize her right to do just that in Sunday night’s World Premiere Gala ,Freeheld. Ellen Page is excellent as her significant other Stacie Andree and the small , underdog film is heartbreaking to watch. It’s all a true story and many of the real life people, including Andree, were in an opening night audience that really seemed to respond to this movie which Lionsgate releases on Oct 2nd. Considering the recent Supreme Court ruling making gay marriage legal in all 50 states, and a Kentucky clerk’s highly publicized refusal last week to comply, this film may have hit the zeitgeist in terms of subject matter. Page’s longtime manager and head of ID PR, Kelly Bush Novak was one of the producers and told me at Lionsgate’s pre-screening party at Montecito that they have been developing this project for seven years. It is based on an Oscar winning documentary short and certainly a labor of love for all involved. It came about in 2008 because Bush Novak’s kids and Academy Award nominated producer Stacey Sher’s kids both went to the same school . One day Sher said she and her partner Michael Shamberg were going to turn the doc short into a feature film and gave it to Bush Novak and Page to look at. Page got attached and in the process Bush Novak became a producer on it. In the end they showed 20 minutes of footage in Berlin and there were seven offers, with Lionsgate/Summit taking the prize.