'The Glorias': Meet Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander and rest of the cast of the Gloria Steinem biopic
Gloria Steinem is a force to reckon with. Her story is fascinating, thrilling, motivating and awe-inspiring and Julie Taymor's upcoming movie is going to offer a glimpse into the woman that Steinem is and her contribution to the ongoing struggle of women's rights. 'The Glorias' is a close look into the personality that shaped the women's rights movement and sparked a furious debate on equality.
Directed and produced by Taymor, the screenplay is written by Taymor and Sarah Ruhl, the biopic is based on 'My Life on the Road' written by Steinem herself. What roles did she play? That of a journalist, a fighter and a feminist. But the indelible icon was not always so. In this nontraditional biopic, against the backdrop of a lonely bus on an open highway, five Glorias trace Steinem's journey. As we follow the pioneer across different stages of her life, we find out more about the person that she is.
'The Glorias' is set to release on digital and streaming on Amazon Prime Video on September 30, 2020, but before that, meet the cast.
Julianne Moore as Gloria Steinem
Since she started her career as an actress in 1981, Moore has earned several accolades including an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes. In 2015, she was also named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. From playing in soap operas such as 'As the World Turns' (which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance) to playing the leading roles in blockbusters such as 'Nine Months' and 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', there is nothing that Moore hasn't dabbled in.
The actress is best known for her work in 'The Kids Are All Right' and 'Crazy, Stupid, Love'. For her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the television film 'Game Change', Moore won an Emmy Award. In 'Still Alice', Moore played an Alzheimer's patient, and the portrayal won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. For her work on 'Maps to the Stars', she was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. The actress is also particularly known for the final two films of 'The Hunger Games' series and the spy film 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'.
Over the course of her career, she is particularly known for her portrayals of "emotionally troubled women in both independent and blockbuster films".
Alicia Vikander as Gloria Steinem
Vikander plays the 20 years to 40 years version of Steinem in 'The Glorias'. The Swedish actress has won an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, in addition to being nominated for two Golden Globes and three BAFTA Awards. The actress gained international recognition with her role as Kitty in Joe Wright's adaptation of' Anna Karenina' and Queen Caroline Mathilde in the Danish film 'A Royal Affair'.
She is married to actor Michael Fassbinder. The couple had made their first public appearance together at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards ceremony for her two nominations for 'The Danish Girl' and 'Ex Machina'.
Janelle Monáe as Dorothy Pitman Hughes
Monáe plays the role of Dorothy Pitman Hughes, who co-founded Ms Magazine with Steinem. The singer, songwriter, rapper, actress and record producer is best known for her work in 'Hidden Figures' as NASA mathematician and aerospace engineer Mary Jackson, which was her theatrical film debut. Her work in 'Moonlight' is also recognized and it won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 89th annual ceremony.
She has also received accolades for her work in the field of music being honored with the Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award in 2015 and the Trailblazer of the Year Award in 2018.
Lorraine Toussaint as Florynce Kennedy
Toussaint gained the attention of her audience with the role of Rene Jackson in the Lifetime television drama series 'Any Day Now' from 1998 to 2002. She is also known for her recurring role as defense attorney Shambala Green 'Law & Order', the police procedural 'Crossing Jordan' and Saving Grace'.
She collaborates often with Ava DuVernay, having worked together in 'Middle of Nowhere', a role for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and in the role of Amelia Boynton Robinson in the 2014 historical drama film 'Selma'.
Bette Midler as Bella Abzug
Who doesn't recognise Midler? Over the course of her career, she has received four Golden Globe Awards, three Grammy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards and a Tony Award. In her picture debut in 'The Rose', she earned herself her first Golden Globe for Best Actress, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Following this she starred in several movies that not only earned her awards but also recognition across the world with roles in 'Outrageous Fortune', 'Big Business', 'Hocus Pocus', 'The First Wives Club', 'The Stepford Wives', 'Parental Guidance' and 'The Addams Family'.
Lulu Wilson as Teen Gloria Steinem
While 14-year-old Wilson started acting at the age of three, she finds herself being cast mostly in supernatural horror movies such as 'Deliver Us from Evil', 'Ouija: Origin of Evil' and 'Annabelle: Creation'. As it turns out, she was also cast in the Marvel Studios film 'Doctor Strange', but her scene was cut for pacing purposes.