Focus Features has dropped the first trailer for On the Basis of Sex, an upcoming true story picture led by Oscar nominee Felicity Jones.
Jones plays lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who made big strides in the fight against gender discrimination in the 70s, carefully picking discriminatory statutes on her mission to change things via the legal system. At times she chose male plaintiffs in order to demonstrate that gender discrimination was harmful to both men and women.
Arriving at another period in history where the discussion of equality is quite prominent, On the Basis of Sex looks to be aiming at ticking off just the right boxes for a timely, Oscar-friendly pic. The cast is great, including Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates and Sam Waterston, and Ginsburg is a figure that could make for an inspiring screen presence. That being said, the film has a bit of an old-school TV vibe that, at least to this writer, doesn’t attract, and that on-the-nose song in the trailer doesn’t help either. Maybe I’m being too picky; the film itself could very well end up being a winner.
Directing is Mimi Leder, who’s had quite the career in television, earning two Primetime Emmys and producing and/or directing shows such as The Leftovers, Shameless and ER. Daniel Stiepleman has penned the script.
On the Basis of Sex will be hitting the US in limited release on the 25th of December.
The film tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. The feature will premiere in 2018 in line with Justice Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.