The kickass, feminist reason Natalie Portman delayed filming the RBG biopic
Earlier in the spring, we were totally celebrating one of the best casting decisions EVER: Natalie Portman as Supreme Court Justice/goddess Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a biopic about her feminist legal work in the ’70s. Well now we learn the film was actually on hold for a bit because RBG and Natalie Portman had decided on one very important thing: They wanted the film’s director to be a woman. YAAASS.
If you haven’t heard, we’ll give you the rundown on the film and RBG’s legacy: RBG has been fighting for gender equality her entire life, and she has been a Supreme Court Justice for over two decades, where she has continued to fight for women’s rights, LGBT rights, and equality for everybody. Now enter, the movie version.
The film will outline her fight against numerous obstacles in her career that were a result of her gender, particularly Reed v. Reed, a Supreme Court case that ruled estate administrators “may not lawfully be mandated solely on the basis of sex,” Mic reports. We seriously cannot wait.
As for the whole insisting-upon-a-female-director thing, according to MSNBC, RBG actually spoke about the delay on Saturday during the American Constitution Society convention in Washington. “Natalie Portman came to talk to me about this, and we had a very good conversation,” RBG told her former clerk, California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, at the convention. “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.”
So who is this spectacular directing lady? Well, last month, Deadline reported that Marielle Heller, director of Diary of a Teenage Girl, was “in negotiations to direct.” Now, as Mic reports, On the Basis of Sex is on a production fast-track . . . and we are waiting on the edge of our seats for confirmation of who the director is.
But that’s not all RBG talked about at the conference. When asked how she feels about the insanely huge amount of interest in the film, she said, “It’s amazing. To think of me, an icon, at 82?”
Then, when she was asked what in her life has given her the most satisfaction, she said, “I was tremendously fortunate to be born when I was, to be a lawyer with the skill in the ’70s to help move that progress in society along. If I had been born even 10 years earlier, it would have been impossible . . . I count myself enormously fortunate to be around when it was possible to move society to the place where it should be for the betterment of all of us. Everyone is the beneficiary of ending gender discrimination. Women, men . . . and children.”
And she wonders why we consider her an icon! We cannot WAIT for this biopic and thank you, Natalie, for holding out for a female director to make this movie the best it can be.
In the meantime, want to watch the full hour-long conversation with RBG? Check it out below.