- LOS ANGELES (AP)
The Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic “On the Basis of Sex” (Participant Media) is having its world premiere at the 32nd AFI Fest in Los Angeles.
The American Film Institute says the film starring Felicity Jones as the Supreme Court Justice will open the festival at the TCL Chinese Theater on November 8.
Mimi Leder directed “On the Basis of Sex,” which follows Ginsburg’s early years as a young lawyer before her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Leder was also a groundbreaker in her own field as one of the first women admitted to the AFI Conservatory.
“On the Basis of Sex” will open in theaters nationwide on December 25. It’s the second high-profile film this year about Ginsburg, following the acclaimed documentary “RBG.”
Meanwhile closing the AFI Fest will be the world premiere of “Mary Queen of Scots” (Focus Features, Working Title).
Directed by Josie Rourke and written by Academy Award® nominee Beau Willimon, the historical drama is based on John Guy’s biography, “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart.” The film stars Academy Award® nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, along with Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, David Tennant and Guy Pearce.
The closing night gala will take place on November 15 at the TCL Chinese Theatre.