Sandra Bullock to Star as Filibustering Senator Wendy Davis in 'Let Her Speak'
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sandra Bullock will star in the spec "Let Her Speak" as Texas senator Wendy Davis, whose 11-hour filibuster helped stall an anti-abortion bill in the Texas state house.
Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal are on board to produce through their Escape Artists banner.
At the time, Davis was a little known Democratic senator who soon became a national icon on the subject of abortion after filibustering for 11 hours in order to stall a bill, and ultimately delaying its passage beyond the midnight deadline for the end of the legislative session. The bill would have included more restrictive abortion regulations for Texas and would have closed all abortion clinics in the state.
Mario Correa penned the spec.
The package will now be shopped to studios and should court several suitors over the next week.
The role seems right up Bullock's alley and could be another awards play for the star who won her first Oscar for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in the real-life story "The Blind Side." She just wrapped production on Warner Bros.' "Ocean's Eleven" spinoff, "Ocean's Eight," and is about start filming on the Netflix movie "Bird Box."
She is repped by CAA.
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