Elisabeth Moss is teaming with Blumhouse once again. Having starred in this year’s The Invisible Man, and also signed on for another thriller with the studio titled Mrs. March, Moss has signed on to collaborate with Jason Blum‘s studio once again, but this project is not in the horror/thriller realm.
Instead, Moss has signed on to play divisive politician Katie Hill in a biopic. The studio has optioned the upcoming autobiography She Will Rise: Becoming A Warrior In The Battle For True Equality by the former Congresswoman and plans to turn it into a streaming feature. Michael Seitzman (North Country) will write the script.
Hill was a rising star in politics until she was forced to resign after admitting to having an inappropriate relationship with a younger campaign staffer. But while the relationship was an exploitation of workplace power dynamics, she revealed the relationship after two conservative media outlets published explicit photographs of her she alleges were released by her ex-husband as a form of “revenge porn”.
Hill resigned from Congress just 10 months into her first term. In her final speech before Congress, she admitted the relationship was a mistake but also addressed the double standard she was being held to, rightly pointing out that men in positions of power routinely weather credible accusations of sexual misconduct and violence without any consequences.
Hill is serving as an executive producer on the project, and said in a statement: “I wrote She Will Rise to try to take back my story from those who have exploited and twisted it. I also wanted to shine a light on the stories of women whose resilience and bravery gave me strength when I needed it most, and hopefully to provide inspiration to others.
Having this larger platform to tell this story, working with the talented team at Blumhouse and Michael, and the incredible Elisabeth Moss as the lead, is more than I ever could have imagined — I am so grateful for the opportunity and look forward to collaborating on this project”.
Moss added: “I am so honoured to have the opportunity to portray Katie and to help tell her story. Her strength and work to amplify women’s voices is incredibly inspiring to me and her experiences could not be more important for us to magnify right now”.
As Moss said, this is an important story to tell right now as that double standard Hill mentioned is often apparent in various vocations and industries. It will be interesting to see Blumhouse tackle a film like this that’s outside of their usual comfort zone. And Moss, one of the best actors working today, has yet another great role to sink her teeth into.
Blumhouse have a number of projects in the works right now, but their latest is Welcome To The Blumhouse, a batch of four horror movies coming to Amazon later this month.