'On the Basis of Sex': Felicity Jones nails Ruth Bader Ginsburg in first trailer

Felicity Jones plays Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who had revolutionized the legal fight for women's equality back in 1975


                             'On the Basis of Sex': Felicity Jones nails Ruth Bader Ginsburg in first trailer

Felicity Jones' transformation into a younger Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been nothing short of stellar, as is clear from the first trailer for 'On the Basis of Sex'. Jones reprogrammed her own, very crisp British accent to the Ginsburg's distinctly Brooklyn one as she portrays the character on one of her earliest cases — Weinberger vs. Weisenfield. Jones is just as vivid and brimming with conviction in her act as Ginsburg herself.

The story revolves around Justice Ginsburg's very successful and highly commended argument before the Supreme Court in 1975 wherein she stated that a widower denying his wife's survivor benefits "under Social Security, violated the right to equal protection secured by the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution," reports Variety.

If the law differentiates on the basis of sex, when will men and women ever be equal?” says the character of Ginsburg in the trailer released for the movie which is expected to release on December 25, just in time for Justice Ginsburg's 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.

The trailer showcases a bold and spirited Ginsburg, who — as the narrative proceeds — rebels against the societal norms binding women in her time. The character's take on bringing about a change is very interesting — she rebels with subtlety, teaming up with her husband, Marty (played by Armie Hammer), and in a very poignant, stern manner also tells another attorney, "You don’t get to tell me when to when to quit.”

The “Theory of Everything” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” star, has had quite a busy year herself after making news earlier this month for finally tying the knot with her boyfriend of three years Charles Guard. Even before that, all the way back in April, Jones had taken to the Cinemacon to speak about this upcoming potential Oscar-winning venture, sharing how she would speak in the jurist's voice while on the set of the movie. “I was full Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Jones had said.



The rest of the star cast of the film includes familiar faces like Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Jack Reynor, and Cailee Spaeny. Mimi Leder — who headed films like “Deep Impact” and “The Leftovers” — directs this film from a script written by Daniel Stiepleman. Robert Cort and Jonathan King served as producers under the banners of Focus Features and Participant Media.

The timing of this trailer is quite impeccable as 'On the Basis of Sex' arrives just months after Betsy West and Julie Cohen's joint venture — the critically acclaimed documentary on Ginsburg's career called 'RBG' had earned a stellar $12.5 million at the domestic box office.