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Elisabeth Moss has signed on to play Democratic representative Katie Hill in an upcoming biopic based on the infamous former Congresswoman’s own memoir. The star of Hulu’s smash hit drama The Handmaid’s Tale will also produce for the upcoming film from Blumhouse, which is heading to streaming platforms.
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Prestige TV star Elisabeth Moss has made an impressive leap to film in recent years, having led Blumhouse’s remake of The Invisible Man to success at the start of 2020.
The Mad Men and Handmaid’s Tale actress has just confirmed her next project, a biopic covering the story and scandals of former Congresswoman Katie Hill.
The upcoming feature film is based on Hill’s memoir, She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality, which was optioned by Blumhouse after its publication this summer.
Hill’s book spans her complicated career, which saw the politically inexperienced administrator rise to become the US Representative for California’s 25th congressional district.
Although her tough demeanour made Hill a formidable presence in Congress, she was revealed to be trapped in an abusive home environment.
In October of last year Hill admitted to having an ‘inappropriate’ affair with a staffer, which culminated in the release of nude photos by the Daily Mail.
Blumhouse Television’s upcoming film is being written by the creator of Code Black, Michael Seitzman, who recently wrote the screenplay for drama film North Country, starring Charlize Theron.
No director is currently attached, though the project will be produced by Elisabeth Moss through her new production company, Love & Squalor Pictures.
Following a string of delays to upcoming major cinema releases, Blumhouse is positioned to become a leader in the world of streaming with several films and series lined up for 2020-2021.
Moss will also be joined by Katie Hill herself serving as executive producer, alongside Seitzman and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse and Jeremy Gold executive producing for Blumhouse Television.
As well as receiving critical acclaim for her performance in three seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale, Moss impressed this year with lead roles in The Invisible Man and horror-biopic Shirley.
Upon announcing the new picture, Moss praised Hill’s story as an inspiration for women pursuing a career in politics.
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The star said: “I am so honored 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 always, Jason and the Blumhouse team are such incredible partners and Lindsey and I are thrilled to make something powerful with them and Michael.”
Katie Hill also commented on the upcoming release, and hoped the forthcoming adaptation of her complex experiences will complement the message of her revealing memoir.
She wrote: “I […] 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.”
Currently, it is not known where the film will be made available, though Blumhouse’s latest films, The Lie and Black Box, were both distributed by Amazon – the latter is currently available on Prime Video in the UK.
Meanwhile, Elisabeth Moss will next be seen in the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale next year, and Wes Anderson’s delayed period comedy, The French Dispatch.
The Handmaid’s Tale season four will air in 2021 on Hulu and Channel 4.
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