Julie Taymor’s upcoming adaptation of Gloria Steinem’s memoir has found a leading lady. “My Life on the Road” — which already seemed too good to be true — just got even better. Julianne Moore has signed on to portray the iconic feminist in the June Pictures project. Deadline broke the news.
Described as a coming-of-age story chronicling Steinem’s “growth from a reluctant spokesperson of a movement, into a galvanizing symbol for equality, with a focus on the encounters along the road that helped shape her,” the film is being penned by Tony-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl.
“My Life on the Road” was published in 2015. Steinem’s other books include “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,” “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem,” and “Doing Sixty & Seventy.” Along with Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan, Steinem co-founded the Women’s Media Center, an organization that works towards making women more visible in media. She also co-founded Ms. magazine.
“We can talk about glass ceilings, but we have to remember there was a time when there wasn’t even a door,” Moore has said. “I don’t take any of it for granted for a minute.” She emphasized that she’s “not of a generation who might have forgotten,” and explained, “for those of us who were born in the ‘60s and came of age in the ‘70s, and remember the women’s movement — I mean, my God, birth control wasn’t legal in the U.S. until 1965, I think. That’s insane! And there are girls today who don’t know that.”
Moore’s upcoming projects include “Bel Canto,” an adaptation of Ann Patchett’s novel about an opera singer who is held hostage in South America, and a re-imagining of Sebastian Lelio’s critically acclaimed 2013 drama “Gloria,” which will see her playing a lonely, free-spirited woman in her 50s. She won an Academy Award in 2015 for her portrayal of a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in “Still Alice.” She’s also earned nods for “Far from Heaven,” “The Hours,” “The End of the Affair,” and “Boogie Nights.” She took home an Emmy and Golden Globe for depicting Sarah Palin in HBO’s “Game Change.”
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