(JTA) — British actress Felicity Jones will portray Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the biopic “On the Basis of Sex.”
Shooting of the film was slated to begin this month in Montreal, according to Variety.
Jewish actress Natalie Portman had been attached to play Ginsburg for at least four years while the film project was stuck in development, and eventually dropped out.
Jones starred as Jyn Erso in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and in “Inferno” with Tom Hanks. She received a best actress Oscar nomination for her role in “The Theory of Everything.”
Ginsburg was the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court.
The film, being directed by Mimi Leder from a script by Daniel Stiepleman, deals with Ginsburg’s struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, according to IMDB.
Ginsburg, 84, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and remains one of the court’s most liberal voices.