As first reported by the Hollywood Reporter on Feb. 13, actress Julianne Moore has been casted opposite Ellen Page in the indie drama “Freeheld.” The film will also star actor Zach Galifianakis, who will tackle a supporting role in the drama based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning documentary of a similar name.
The timing of the film comes as same-sex marriage rights have come to focus in many states across the nation. In the film, Moore will play Laurel Hester, a New Jersey police detective whose world is turned upside down when she suddenly becomes terminally ill. Hester is a lesbian who not only has to fight her illness, but the law when she is prevented by government officials from assigning her pension benefits to her domestic partner, played by page.
Throughout the film, Hester begins to build support, including her conservative detective partner who eventually joins in on the fight for the same-sex couple’s rights. Galifianakis will play Steven Goldstein, an activist for Garden State Equality. This will be a different kind of role from what Galifianakis fans are used to as he will be taken on a more serious role than the more comedic roles he has had in “The Hangover” movies.
The film, directed by Peter Sollett, will highlight the emotional and financial effects of a same-sex couple not allowed equal benefits and the roadblocks the couple has to battle to assure the surviving partner is taken care of financially.
The film is slated to begin production sometime in the summer.