Brie Larson will star as the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States in Victoria Woodhull, an upcoming film for Amazon.
The screenplay will be written by Ben Kopit, who penned Warner Bros’ upcoming film Libertine, which will be directed by Brett Ratner. Larson will produce the film alongside Whalerock Industries’ Lloyd Braun and Andrew Mittman will produce alongside the actress. Woodward will executive produce.
Larson, who won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her work in Room (2015), can currently be seen Kong: Skull Island, which co-stars Tom Hiddleston, and The Glass Castle, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. She is also featured in Free Fire, directed by Ben Wheatley, which will hit cinemas in the end of the month. She’s got the role of Captain Marvel to look forward to as well.
Victoria Woodhill was an activist for women’s rights, labour reforms and the then-nascent concept of free love. she was the first woman to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street and one of the first women to found a newspaper, Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly.
Woodhull ran for President of the United States for the Equal Rights Party in 1872, a half century before the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote in 1920. She ran even though she was under 35, the constitutionally mandated age of eligibility, and in spite of an obscenity arrest for publishing story on an adulterous affair between minister Henry Ward Beecher and Elizabeth Tilton.
Woodhull was born in rural Ohio with the gift of healing and the ability to talk with the dead. She began her public career as a traveling clairvoyant and alternative healer: telling fortunes, contacting spirits, giving massages and selling potions. She was a successful medical clairvoyant in the Civil war, but her partner and sister Tennessee Claflin was indicted for manslaughter after one of her patients died.
More news on the project as we hear it.