Sandra Bullock to Star in Political Biopic 'Let Her Speak'
Posted 2017/11/12 0 0
Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis will soon be portrayed on the big screen by actress Sandra Bullock.
News arrived Thursday night that Sandra Bullock will star in “Let Her Speak,” a drama about Democratic Texas senator Wendy Davis who became a rock star among abortion advocates when she filibustered a bill that would ban abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy. Mario Correa wrote the speculative script and Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal of Escape Artists plan to produce the project, Variety reports.
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The role seems right up Bullock’s alley and could be another awards play for the star who won her first Oscar for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in the real-life story “The Blind Side.” She just wrapped production on Warner Bros.’ “Ocean’s Eleven” spinoff, “Ocean’s Eight,” and is about start filming on the Netflix movie “Bird Box.”
The film would depict June 25, 2013, the day Davis grabbed the national spotlight while staging a filibuster to block an anti-abortion bill moving through the Texas legislature.
Davis delayed the passage of the bill by holding the floor for around 12 hours and past the midnight end of the legislative session. The bill would have closed 37 of the 42 abortion clinics in the state and ban all abortions after 20 weeks. During her stand, Davis could not leave the room, eat, use the bathroom or stray from the topic at hand or else she would forfeit the filibuster.
While her filibuster was successful in the short term, the bill would eventually pass in another legislative session. "'Let Her Speak' covers that historic day and how a onetime teen mom who became a Harvard-trained lawyer showed the courage to change her own life, along with the lives of American women," Deadline reported.