Natalie Portman to Play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in ‘On the Basis of Sex’
Fact: Natalie Portman is a badass. Fact: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka the Notorious R.B.G. is also a badass. And now the former will play the latter in a new film about the aspirational and inspirational supreme court justice, combining two of our favorite women in one presumably amazing film about one seriously amazing woman.
Deadline reports that Portman has signed on to play a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex, with Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl) in talks to direct the film, which follows Ginsburg and her relentless battle for gender equality as she rose to her Supreme Court position. Ginsburg is one of the most vocal supporters of women and reproductive rights in the U.S. government, and has become an icon thanks to her no-nonsense approach and unwavering pursuit of gender equality.
Ginsburg became the second woman ever to sit on the Supreme Court when she was appointed the position by former President Bill Clinton in 1993. She’s also the first Jewish female judge to hold the position.
Portman has roles in two upcoming Terence Malick films — Knight of Cups and Weightless — and produced and stars in the highly-anticipated, long-delayed Jane Got a Gun, which finally arrives in theaters this fall. The actress is also in talks to star in Annihilation, a new thriller from Ex Machina director Alex Garland. And Portman recently made her directorial debut with A Tale of Love and Darkness, a film which she also wrote and stars in, and which is set to premiere at Cannes this month.
It’ll be a little while before we get to see Portman play Ginsburg on the big screen, so until then, please enjoy her classic SNL Digital Short — which I imagine is pretty close to how she’ll play the Supreme Court justice: