Armie Hammer Takes On Feminist Role in RBG Biopic

By GABRIELLA BOCK | Reporter

Still celebrating his first Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” Palisadian-grown actor Armie Hammer is already on to his next career-defining role.

Hammer, 31, will play Marty Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s husband, in the upcoming biopic, “On the Basis of Sex,” a role, he said, he took for his daughter, Harper.

“I want her to have stories of strong women who changed the world from their own ironclad will,” Hammer told Mr. Porter Journal in a recent interview. “I don’t think there are enough of these out there.”

Hammer will team up with Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones, who will play a young Justice Ginsburg as she works alongside her husband to bring the first gender discrimination case before the Supreme Court.

The story will follow Ginsburg, who worked as a lawyer and professor before her Supreme Court appointment in the early 1990s, as she fights in the 1971 Sally Reed case, a woman whose son died unexpectedly under suspicious circumstances. Reed’s allegedly abusive ex-husband fought her for the right to administer her son’s estate during a time when Idaho law was notorious for giving men an automatic preference as estate administrators.

Nearly 20 years after directing 1998’s “Deep Impact”—which, at the time, was the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman—Mimi Leder will return to her film roots to direct the story penned Ginsburg’s nephew, Daniel Stiepleman.

Leder’s long, prestigious stint of television work includes producing and directing HBO’s miniseries “The Leftovers” and Showtime’s “Shameless,” which wrapped up its eighth season on Jan. 28.

Also starring Kathy Bates, Justin Theroux and Sam Waterston, the film is scheduled to premiere later this year, just in time for Justice Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.