The leading lady of “The Blind Side” is set to play another real-life Wonder Woman. Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”) has just been cast in the new biopic spec “Let Her Speak,” the story of Texas Senator Wendy Davis’ filibuster that stalled the passing of a catastrophic Texas anti-abortion bill. The film will now be shopped to potential studios and should find itself in a heated competition for the film’s right in the following week.
Davis shot to national fame back in 2013 when, clad in pink sneakers, single-handedly delivered an 11 hour filibuster against the country’s most restrictive anti-choice law, which would have taken away Texan women’s right to choose. Her stamina and bravery throughout the filibuster, which the GOP continually tried to end, inspired the nation. She later ran for Governor of Texas in 2014, but lost to Republican Greg Abbott.
Todd Black (“The Pursuit of Happyness”), Jason Blumenthal (“The Equalizer”) and Steve Tisch (“Forrest Gump”) are set to produce “Let Her Speak” via their Escape Artists banner, according to Deadline. Jonathan Shukat (“Dancing in Jaffa”) for ShowKat Productions and Bullock will also produce. Mario Correa penned the screenplay, but no director is currently attached to the spec. Bullock will have a say in picking a director for the film.
Bullock has made her name playing strong, nuanced and outspoken women, including Leigh Anne Tuohy in “The Blind Side,” which told the real story of NFL player Michael Oher’s adoption by Tuohy and her husband when Oher was a homeless teenager. She earned an Oscar and a Primetime Emmy for her role, along with another Oscar nom for “Gravity.” She burst into Hollywood with her breakout romcom “While You Were Sleeping” in 1995, which earned her her first Golden Globe nom.
Bullock just wrapped on “Ocean’s Eight,” the all-female reboot of “Ocean’s Eleven.” She’s now off to film the highly anticipated apocalypse drama “Bird Box” from director Susanne Bier (“The Night Manager”), according to Variety.
Bullock is repped by CAA. Correa is repped by WME and Heroes and Villains Entertainment.