(JTA) – Natalie Portman will star as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new film.
On the Basis of Sex will follow Ginsburg’s obstacles-filled career on the road to becoming the second female justice and the first Jewish female justice on the high court, Deadline Hollywood reported. Then-U.S. president Bill Clinton appointed Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in 1993.
The producers are hoping to start filming by the end of the year.
Portman, who is Jewish and a native of Israel, is making her directorial debut with A Tale of Love and Darkness, which premieres next week at Cannes. The film is based on the memoir by Israeli author Amos Oz and is largely in Hebrew.