published on July 23, 2015|
Lionsgate released the first trailer for their upcoming drama “Freeheld” on Thursday. Based on a true story, the film follows New Jersey police lieutenant Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and her registered domestic partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) as they battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Freeheld, coming from Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist director Peter Sollett, follows the true story of a lesbian couple (with the other half played by Ellen Page ) who fought for domestic partner benefits a decade ago.
The supporting cast includes Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles and Luke Grimes. This has one of those very inspirational, hopeful, powerful messages of "change the world" at the end, complete with pop song.
"A house, a dog, a woman I love, who loves me," Page says when Moore asks what she wants most in life.
The film also stars Michael Shannon as Laurel's cop partner, Steve Carell as a Jewish LGBT activist and Josh Charles.
"When my heterosexual colleagues die, their pensions go to their spouses," Moore says. "But because my partner is a woman, I don't get to do that. I'm only asking for equality."
"The political story and the personal story are one for me," Sollett said. "It's always our own sort of issues that pop up when we're falling in love. But unfortunately on top of those, these women had to deal with the prejudice and the obstacles set up for them by their local government. But for me, they're one in the same: The personal is the political."