Oscar winner Natalie Portman reportedly held up development on the Ruth Bader Ginsberg biopic after insisting on working with a female director.

The Black Swan star is in talks to portray America’s first female Jewish Supreme Court Justice in On The Basis of Sex, and Ginsburg reveals Portman pushed to have a woman take charge of the film because of the lack of opportunities for females in the industry.

She says, “Natalie Portman came to talk to me about it (the film), and we had a very good conversation, and one thing, interesting, that she insisted on – it held up the project for a while… She said, ‘I want the director to be a woman. There are not enough women in this industry. There are many talented out there’. And now they do have a woman director.”

Diary of a Teenage Girl’s Marielle Heller is in negotiations to direct, ahead of a planned production start at the end of the year, reports Deadline.com.

Ginsburg made history by becoming the second woman, and the first Jewish lady, on the U.S. Supreme Court bench following her appointment by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1993.

J-Connection: Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born Jew. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is also Jewish.

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