With 2015 marking the year that all same-sex marriages became legal in the United States 2005 seems so long ago now. For Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, their battle for equal rights and representation under the law was a hard fought battle in the early days of the same-sex marriage debate. Hester (played by Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, Still Alice) is a 23-year veteran of the New Jersey police department who discovers she has terminal lung cancer. She tries to ensure that her partner Stacie (played by Oscar nominee Ellen Page and for whom this has been a passion project) will receive her pension and death benefits just as her straight male colleagues would be able to provide to their widows at the time of their death. She is thwarted by the Freeholders, a section of the county governments of New Jersey.
They embark on a crusade of activism with the help of Laurel’s police partner Dale Wells (played by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon), Josh Charles (The Good Wife) as an empathetic Freeholder and Oscar nominee Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) as a fellow LGBT activist who works on their case.
Freeheld is directed by Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas) and written by Oscar nominee Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) It’s inspired by a true story and adapted from Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning 2007 documentary short. The film will be released by Lionsgate this October.
Check out the very timely character posters and trailer below.