This year, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrates 25 years of service on the highest court in the land. Seemingly in recognition of her distinguished and ongoing career, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has not one, but two movies about her hitting theater screens in 2018. The first is the already-released documentary RBG, and the second is the biopic On the Basis of Sex, starring Oscar nominee Felicity Jones. The latter has just released its first trailer and it teases a rousing true-life story of someone fighting for what they believe in. Check it out, below:
I have to say, a cheeky Jyn Erso "I rebel" wouldn't have felt too out of place in this trailer. From the visuals to the soundtrack, this trailer is certainly playing up feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg's fight against a system that she saw as discriminatory towards women. The shots of Felicity Jones' character standing out in a sea of men reflect the imbalance she is hoping to correct. On the Basis of Sex looks like quite the interesting drama anchored by a defiant and fun performance from Felicity Jones. Regardless of your politics and whether or not you're a fan of RBG, stories about people fighting for what they believe in, whatever that is, against overwhelming odds can be truly inspiring that change can occur. This is especially the case when those stories are true.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has lived a fascinating life (that's probably why she has two movies about her this year), and this is the kind of story well suited for film. While you might expect a true story like this to be totally self-serious in tone, there is a bit of playfulness in this trailer. Felicity Jones' Ruth Bader Ginsburg seems a bit sassy, always willing to speak her mind. Maybe it's just the fact that it's a period piece, but I was reminded of Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
On the Basis of Sex also has many of the makings of a surefire Oscar contender. Biopics in general are traditionally awards fare, and a biopic about the second female Supreme Court Justice, who is a famously fiery dissenter in a year when a new Justice will be named has Oscars written all over it. Then, of course, there is the cast, which includes Oscar winner Kathy Bates, as well as Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux and Sam Waterston. And let's not forget Felicity Jones, who already received a Best Actress nomination for The Theory of Everything and could possibly notch another given the subject of this film.
On the Basis of Sex is directed by Mimi Leder and arrives in theaters on Christmas Day, just one of many big films opening in a positively stacked end-of-the-year slate. You can check out all of the biggest movies in the coming months in our release schedule. For all the latest trailers and movie news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.