Felic­ity Jones dons the robes of Ruth Bader Gins­burg

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Felic­ity Jones has stepped out in her latest role: a young Ruth Bader Gins­burg.

Jones, 33, plays the Supreme Court jus­tice in the movie On the Ba­sis of Sex, which has re­leased this first-look im­age as pro­duc­tion be­gins in Mon­treal. The sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Jones and Gins­burg, now 84, are striking.

On the Ba­sis of Sex tells a true story that “fol­lows young lawyer Ruth Bader Gins­burg as she teams with her hus­band Marty to bring a ground­break­ing case be­fore the Supreme Court and over­turn a cen­tury of gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion,” ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The film will be re­leased in 2018 to mark Gins­burg’s 25th an­niver­sary on the Supreme Court.

Ar­mie Ham­mer will play Martin Gins­burg. Justin Th­er­oux, Kathy Bates and Sam Water­ston also have joined the cast.

Mimi Leder is di­rect­ing a script by Gins­burg’s nephew, Daniel Stieple­man.

“Our story of Ruth Bader Gins­burg res­onates with me on so many lev­els — from the in­spir­ing part­ner­ship she found in her mar­riage, to over­com­ing ad­ver­sity as a woman and dis­cov­er­ing the strength of her own voice, to her em­pa­thetic com­mit­ment to those in need of a voice no mat­ter their gen­der, race, sta­tus or re­li­gious be­liefs,” the di­rec­tor said in a state­ment.

“In these tu­mul­tuous times, sto­ries like this speak to the heart of hu­man­ity and re­mind us what it means to lead with love and com­pas­sion as the way for­ward.”

Bryan Alexan­der In On the Ba­sis of Sex,


Next year marks Ruth Bader Gins­burg’s 25th year on the Supreme Court. Jones plays a young Gins­burg (in­set) as a lawyer ar­gu­ing a ground­break­ing case.

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