Hilary Swank as Holocaust historian (and Lilith author) Deborah Lipstadt in the screen adaptation of Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier! The story of her successful legal battle with a revisionist British historian who accused Lipstadt of libel will be scripted by David Hare.
Natalie Portman will play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in “On The Basis of Sex,” a film chronicling Ginsburg’s fight for equal rights for women under the law. Now both an adored Jewish feminist and pop-culture icon known as “RBG,” in 1971 Ginsburg authored the brief that convinced the Supreme Court to hold unanimously that the Constitution’s promise of equal protection of the laws applies to women.
Nicole Kidman will play Rosalind Franklin in London’s West End this fall in the U.K. premiere of “Photograph 51,” the prize-winning play by Anna Ziegler about the often-overlooked Jewish female scientist. Franklin was a key investigator, along with James Watson and Frances Crick, in the discoveries of DNA’s double-helix structure. They won the Nobel Prize for the discovery. She died of ovarian cancer before her work was ever fully acknowledged.