WATCH: Ellen Page and Julianne Moore Fight for Gay Rights in ‘Freeheld’ Trailer

Julianne Moore, fresh off an Oscar-winning turn in Still Alice, stars in this fall’s gay rights drama, Freeheld.

Moore plays real-life New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in 2005. When Hester tries to ensure her pension benefits get transferred over to her partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page), a state board of representatives blocks the move because Andree is a woman. The film focuses on Hester’s subsequent legal battles against the state.

Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) and Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher) co-star, the latter as gay attorney and Garden State Equality founder Steven Goldstein.

Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) directs off a script from Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia).

Freeheld hits theaters in limited release on October 2, before expanding into wide release on October 16.


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