Julianne Moore To Play Ellen Page’s Lesbian Lover In Gay Rights Drama

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February 13, 2014 | 5:56pm EST

Julianne Moore is set to play the lesbian lover of Juno actress Ellen Page’s character in a new biopic about a terminally-ill police woman’s fight for gay rights.
The 53 year old has signed up to portray Laurel Hester, a New Jersey cop who challenged government officials and demanded pension benefits for her same-sex partner Stacie Andree as she battled lung cancer.
The project has been in the works since 2008, when Page, now 26, was brought onboard as Andree, but it is now moving forward with The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis landing a role too, according to TheWrap.com.
Freeheld will be directed by Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist filmmaker Peter Sollett.
The movie is based on the 2007 documentary of the same name, which won director Cynthia Wade an Oscar in the Best Documentary, Short Subjects category.
Freeheld won’t be Moore’s first role as a lesbian – she starred as Annette Bening’s partner in The Kids Are All Right, which garnered four Academy Award nods and won two Golden Globes.

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