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Carey Mulligan to Play Gloria Steinem in Dee Rees’ “An Uncivil War”

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Two years after Carey Mulligan played a burgeoning feminist activist in Sarah Gavron’s women’s rights drama “Suffragette” comes word that she’ll portray one of the most famous feminists of all time. Variety reports that the Oscar-nominated actress will play Gloria Steinem in “An Uncivil War,” a drama that re-teams her with “Mudbound” helmer Dee Rees. Julianne Moore is also portraying Steinem in an upcoming pic, Julie Taymor’s “My Life on the Road.” That’s right — we have two women-directed Steinem-inspired films to look forward to.

Slated for production in March 2018, “An Uncivil War” focuses on “efforts by feminist activist and journalist Steinem, lawyer and activist Florynce Kennedy, and others to ratify the Era, while conservative organizer Phyllis Schlafly advocates against it,” the source details. “The Era was written to guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex, and although it passed both houses of Congress in 1972 and was submitted to the state legislatures for ratification, it fell short of enactment after receiving 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications.” Rees has adapted the script, originally penned by David Kukoff (“Campus Confidential”).

FilmNation Entertainment is fully financing “An Uncivil War” and producing along with Peter Heller (“Dreamland”).

Mulligan and Rees’ previous collaboration, “Mudbound,” hits theaters and Netflix November 17. Rees’ critically acclaimed follow-up to “Bessie” scored the biggest deal out of Sundance this January. The multi-perspective Southern epic follows two men as they return home from WWII: Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) and Jamie (Garrett Hedlund). The former is black and the latter is white, and while they bond over their shared experiences abroad, they are welcomed back to very different circumstances in the United States. Mulligan plays Jamie’s sister-in-law.

Rees is signed on to direct an adaptation of Joan Didion’s 1996 best-seller “The Last Thing He Wanted,” a political thriller about a Washington Post journalist who becomes involved in the world of arms dealing.

In 2010 Mulligan received an Oscar nomination for Lone Scherfig’s “An Education.” Her upcoming projects include “On the Other Side,” a drama about the experiences of real-life Vietnam war correspondent Kate Webb, and “Collateral,” a BBC miniseries helmed by S.J. Clarkson (“Jessica Jones”) that’s being described as “a modern-day state of the nation project.”

“The hunger for female-driven stories is there,” Mulligan has told us. “You just have to make the films. This shock over how these films do so well is a bit tired now. Jennifer Lawrence can open movies like any male star.”

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Carey Mulligan to Play Gloria Steinem in Dee Rees’ ‘An Uncivil War’ (Exclusive)

Carey Mulligan to Play Gloria Steinem in Dee Rees’ ‘An Uncivil War’ (Exclusive)
Carey Mulligan has been cast to play Gloria Steinem in FilmNation’s “An Uncivil War,” directed by Dee Rees.

Production will begin in March 2018. This marks the second Steinem-focused project in the works as of late, with Julianne Moore recently attaching herself to “My Life on the Road.” Julie Taymor is directing that pic, but sources say that script is still being written, while “An Uncivil War” is a greenlit film.

FilmNation Entertainment said Tuesday that casting on the film is underway with the goal of shooting in the first quarter of 2018.

The movie will focus on efforts by feminist activist and journalist Steinem, lawyer and activist Florynce Kennedy, and others to ratify the Era, while conservative organizer Phyllis Schlafly advocates against it. The Era was written to guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex, and although it passed both houses of Congress in 1972 and was submitted to the state legislatures for ratification, it fell short
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Kimberly Peirce Will Direct Underground Abortion Network Drama “This Is Jane”

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Amazon’s abortion drama “This Is Jane” has found its director. “Boys Don’t Cry’s” Kimberly Peirce will helm the film about an underground abortion network in Chicago, which went by the name of “Jane,” Deadline writes.

This Is Jane” will tell the story of the network’s founder as well as the network itself, a group of self-taught women who provided abortions in Chicago in the pre-Roe v. Wade years. Jane also provided health education and counseling to its patients.

As previously reported, “This Is Jane” is based on Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service.” The film is written by Dan Loflin (“Supernatural”) and is being produced by Peter Heller and John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions.

While the current administration is doing everything it can to strip women of their reproductive rights and access to healthcare, there are several projects in the works about the need for safe, legal abortion — and the lengths women will go to when that need isn’t met. Rachel Carey’s “Ask for Jane,” currently in post-production, is also about Chicago’s Jane Collective, as is the Elisabeth Moss-starrer “Call Jane.” And “Harlots” producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward are developing a film about Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision that granted all U.S. women the right to an abortion.

Peirce’s feature directorial debut, “Boys Don’t Cry,” is the true story of Brandon Teena, a young trans man who was murdered in 1993. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit, won the Satyajit Ray Award and the Fipresci Prize at the 1999 London Film Festival, and earned lead actress Hilary Swank her first Oscar. Features “Stop-Loss” and “Carrie” and episodes of “The L Word,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and “I Love Dick” are among Peirce’s other credits.

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The Dog Stars Find a Home at Constantin Film

Constantin Film has acquired the rights to Peter Heller's novel The Dog Stars, which was published in August by Knopf. Take a look at the book's official description.

"A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss-and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life-something like his old life-exists beyond the airport.
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School ties: Heller tapped for Loyola post

Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television has tapped producer-manager Peter Heller to head a new office dedicated to helping graduates find work in the entertainment industry. Heller, a former executive at Propaganda Films and producer on such recent features as Like Mike and Brown Sugar, will serve as director of external affairs and development. As part of its industry outreach effort, Loyola also has recruited publicist Kathleen McInnis as the university's film festival specialist to help students navigate the global festival circuit. McInnis served as director of this year's Slamdance Festival and has long been associated with the Seattle International Film Festival.

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