Mario Correa’s script LET HER SPEAK has nabbed Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock to star as Democratic Texas State Senator Wendy Davis. The state senator rose to national attention when she single-handedly filibustered against one of the most strict anti-choice laws in the country for 13 hours.
The film will take place on June 25, 2013, when Davis stood up against her colleagues and fought for women’s reproductive rights in the Texas State Senate.
Davis represented her district from 2009 to 2015 after being on the Fort Worth City Council. Her filibuster played a major role in the delay of Senate Bill 5, though it ultimately passed in a second session and was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry in July. However, in 2016, the US Supreme Court struck down the majority of the law, saying that the abortion restrictions are unconstitutional.
Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch will produce for Escape Artists alongside Jonathan Shukat for ShowKat Productions and Bullock.
With the public conversation surrounding women’s rights at a peak with both entertainment and political headlines, films centering on these topics have also been on the rise. Just recently, Julieanne Moore and Carey Mulligan each signed on to play feminist activist Gloria Steinem in different projects and the female-driven Battle of the Sexes and The Post are both receiving awards season attention.
Bullock was last seen on the big screen in Our Brand is Crisis and has most recently been in production on Ocean’s 8 with an all-star cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, and Rihanna. She is represented by CAA.
Emily J | Managing Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.