It’s not as if Julianne Moore needs more great queer-themed films on her resume to make her one of the actresses most beloved by the LGBT communities in the history of cinema, but the talented thesp has gone and done it again. The titian-haired goddess has already given us searing turns in unforgettable gay-themed movies such as The Hours, Far From Heaven, A Single Man, The Kids Are All Right and earlier this year won a slew of best actress awards for her performance in Still Alice, a drama from out directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer. With the impending release of Freeheld, a fact-based story about New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester (Moore) who is stricken with terminal lung cancer and tries to secure her pension for her partner (Ellen Page), an auto mechanic, before she dies. As an attorney who represents the couple, Steve Carrell looks to have found a role that combines his singular brand of comedy (The Office) with his capacity for hard-hitting drama (Foxcatcher earned him an Oscar nod earlier this year).
The film comes with a screenplay by Philadelphia‘s Ron Nyswaner, which he adapted from Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning 2007 documentary short, and is directed by Peter Sollett, who has shown tremendous promise with comedies Raising Victor Vargas and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. It’s scheduled for release in select theaters October 2.
Watch the gripping drama unfold in the trailer.