Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman has been tapped to portray America’s first female Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new biopic.
The Black Swan star is in talks to lead the cast of On The Basis of Sex, which will detail the Democrat’s career-long efforts to champion women’s causes and the obstacles she had to overcome in her fight for equal rights.
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.
Portman recently said she takes care to watch her words when discussing Israel politics.
Portman admits she has to be careful what she says about the country of her birth – because she doesn’t want to be seen to be criticizing Israel.
She explains, “I don’t want to use my platform (the wrong way). I feel like there’s some people who become prominent, and then it’s out in the foreign press. You know, ‘S**t on Israel’. I do not. I don’t want to do that.”
J-Connection: Natalie Portman and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are both Jewish.