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It Takes A Rebel To Play The Notorious RBG

By Tori Preston | Industry | July 18, 2017 |

By Tori Preston | Industry | July 18, 2017 |

Of all the biopics in all the world, the one I would actually probably sit through voluntarily would be one about Supreme Court Justice and all-around badass Ruth Bader Ginsburg (“The Notorious RBG” if you’re nasty). And I’m not alone, because somebody is getting ready to shoot it as we speak.

First of all, you should all know that the film is apparently called On The Basis Of Sex, which is a strange coincidence, because I base all my life choices on the basis of sex! Though I don’t think they mean it how I mean it. Oh well.

The film is scheduled to start shooting in Montreal in September, with Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) donning Ruth’s robes. Previously it looked like Natalie Portman would be playing the judge, so either way — RGB was gonna be played by someone familiar with a galaxy far, far away. The film is being produced by Focus Features and Participant Media and will detail the obstacles the Supreme Court Justice has faced in her career-long fight for equal rights. Mimi Leder will be directing, and since she also directed like 10 episodes of The Leftovers, I’m sure the Pajiba Overlords will be satisfied.

As a refresher: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She was the second female Supreme Court Justice after Sandra Day O’Connor. Prior to her appointment, she made a name for herself as an advocate for women’s rights. She was raised in Brooklyn (WHAT UP BROOKLYN!), and was the the first woman elected to the Harvard Law Review. She later transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated at the top of her class — and yet she needed a professor to help her get a job, because law firms and judges weren’t keen to hire women. Huh. Anyway, she went on to teach law at Rutgers and then Columbia, one of the small group of female law professors working at the time. She also worked extensively with the American Civil Liberties Union, eventually co-founding their Women’s Rights Project and serving as its chief litigator. She argued landmark gender discrimination cases in front of the Supreme Court, was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1980, and served there until she became the Supreme Court Justice we know and love.

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So yeah, I’m sure there is plenty of juicy material to fill out a biopic.

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Tori Preston is deputy editor of Pajiba. She rarely tweets here but she promises she reads all the submissions for the "Ask Pajiba (Almost) Anything" column at [email protected]. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba