Natalie Portman to Play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Upcoming Film


Natalie Portman will play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On The Basis of Sex, an upcoming film about the life and career of the "notorious" Supreme Court justice, Deadline reports:

The script, which follows the travails of Ginsburg as she faced numerous obstacles to her fight for equal rights throughout her career, was written by Daniel Stiepleman and made the 2014 Black List. Robert W. Cort is producing with Ram Bergman exec producing.

Ginsberg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by then-President Clinton, becoming only the second female justice (after Sandra Day O’Connor) and the first Jewish female justice. Prior to that, she developed a reputation as a keen advocate for the advancement of women’s rights. Time magazine this year labeled her an “Icon” in its Time 100.

Marielle Heller (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl) in talks to direct.


  1. Graphicjack says

    Awesome. Notorious RBG has definitely had an interesting life and would make a great protagonist for a movie.

  2. Vint says

    An “interesting life” doesn’t necessarily make a good movie. I think this sounds like a real snoozefest.

    Unless she turns out to be a time-traveller battling aliens between supreme court sessions, I think I’ll skip this one.

  3. fred says

    So far the best thing I’ve seen Natalie Portman in is the helicopter in the Miss Dior commercial.