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Julianne Moore to play Ellen Page’s lesbian partner in new film

Hollywood stars will play a couple who struggle with the state's homophobia as one of them becomes terminally ill

Julianne Moore will be playing Ellen Page’s lesbian lover in a new indie drama film.

‘Freeheld’ is a true story of Stacie Andree (Page) and New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester (Moore), a devoted couple whose world is shattered when Laurel becomes terminally ill.

Laurel’s conservative partner, Detective Dane Wells, is shocked but becomes a leader in the fight for gay rights in the United States.

Peter Sollett, of Raising Victor Vargas, will be directing the screenplay by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, of Philadelphia.

Zach Galifianakis is attached to play Steven Goldstein, a New Jersey-based equality activist.

Moore, currently filming her role in the final Hunger Games film, is no stranger to playing gay.

She won critical acclaim for her portrayal as the partner of Annette Bening in 2010’s The Kids Are Alright.

Page, who has been attached to the project for some time, came out last week on Valentine’s Day.

The Juno actress decided to come out publicly after she attended a conference to promote the welfare of youth in the LGBT community, saying she was tired of ‘lying by omission’.

She said: ‘I'm here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.’

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