Felicity Jones (“Rogue One”) will play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s new biopic “On the Basis of Sex” for Focus Features and Participant Media.
Leder helms from Daniel Stiepleman’s 2014 Blacklist script which details the numerous obstacles in Ginsburg’s fight for equal rights throughout her career. Ginsberg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Clinton and became the second female justice after Sandra Day O’Connor.
Natalie Portman was previously attached to the role but dropped out of the project. Robert W. Cort is producing and shooting begins in Montreal in September.
Jones is also attached to Luca Guadagnino’s “Swan Lake” adaptation at Universal Pictures.