Courtesy : HBO
When Meryl Streep backs something, you gotta look forward to it, isn't it?
Streep has brought her backing to Feldman and fellow producers to bring the long-gestating feature based on the life of the equal pay icon to production. The Hollywood actor earlier lent her support to calls for equal pay for women in the U.S., including raising the issue while promoting her star-turn in Suffragette, where she played the iconic political activist Emmeline Pankhurst.
Feldman will direct Lilly, which earlier had a working title Ledbetter, as it portrays Ledbetter inspiring the Fair Pay Restoration Act, the first piece of legislation President Barack Obama signed after his inauguration. J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right) has also joined Feldman as a producing partner on the project.
"Historic dramas often chronicle the external forces of politics, but Lilly tells the story of what happens to a woman’s inner life when patriarchal injustice overwhelms every aspect of her existence. Lilly is the perfect film for this moment in time," Feldman, a director, screenwriter and activist and the former chair of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee, said in a statement.