One of my most anticipated films of the fall is Peter Sollett’s “Freeheld” from Lionsgate. Starring recently crowned Best Actress winner Julianne Moore, along with co-star and Oscar-nominee Ellen Page, the film has all the makings for a powerful drama. The film is written by Ron Nyswaner, the Oscar-nominated writer of “Philadelphia.”
Based on the Oscar®-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell], unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
“Freeheld” is scheduled to be released on October 2 in limited release before going wide on October 16.
Running Time: 103 minutes
Cast: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, and Steve Carell
Directed by: Peter Sollett
Screenplay by: Ron Nyswaner
Based on: The documentary short film “Freeheld” by Cynthia Wade
Produced by: Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Cynthia Wade, Jack Selby, Duncan Montgomery, James D. Stern, Julie Goldstein, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Kelly Bush and Ellen Page