On the Basis of Sex

Felicity Jones stars as SCOTUS Ruth Bader Ginsburg

BY: Claire Connors

Anyone who has seen the extraordinary documentary RBG, from directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen about our Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is aware of what an inspiration this woman is. Despite losing both of her parents at a young age, RBG went on to have a hugely successful career. She met, fell in love, and had two kids with her menschy hubby, Martin Ginsburg, who became her biggest supporter. That’s when the busy wife and mother decided to get her Law degree, graduating tied for first in her class from Columbia Law School. Not impressed yet? How about, Ginsburg spent most of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights? She became a regular litigator  before the Supreme Court, winning multiple victories arguing for women’s rights.

Ginsburg’s story is ripe for a film adaptation, and, the wait is over. Glass ceiling-breaker Mimi Lerner, who made headlines by becoming one of the first female directors to helm a big studio action thriller with 1997’s The Peacemaker, is behind the lens of the upcoming bio-pic, On the Basis of Sex. Starring the charming Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) as the young Ginsburg, the film focuses on the lawyer’s early days and struggles to overcome sexism within the court system while trying to make the world a better place for women.

Supporting through the whole process is her adorable husband Martin, played by Armie Hammer, who literally knocked our socks of in last year’s romantic drama, Call Me By Your Name. Their relationship was inspiring, with Martin happily taking the backseat to his smart, accomplished wife. Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) plays Mel Wulf, longtime legal director of the ACLU and Kathy Bates appears as feminist/activist lawyer Dorothy Kenyon. Even the great Justice herself, the notorious RBG makes an appearance, making this movie a must-see this coming holiday season.

On the Basis of Sex opens December 25th.