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Reese Witherspoon producing movie about Westboro Baptist Church convert

Reese Witherspoon producing movie about Westboro Baptist Church convert

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon is producing This Above All, a movie about Westboro Baptist Church convert Megan Phelps-Roper.

The film will focus on the life of Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of church founder Fred Phelps. She grew up picketing and learning the message of the anti-gay hate group before leaving with her sister in 2012.

Her family subsequently excommunicated and disowned her.

Marc Webb is directing the film with Nick Hornby penning the script.

It will be adapted from the 2015 New York article Unfollow as well as Phelps-Roper’s upcoming memoir. She tweeted about the project on Monday.

Phelps-Roper first began picketing at the age of 5.

‘In a city in a state in the center of a country lives a group of people who believe they are the center of the universe,’ she wrote in a blog post on Medium about the group. ‘They know Right and Wrong, and they are Right.

‘They work hard and go to school and get married and have kids who they take to church and teach that continually protesting the lives, deaths, and daily activities of The World is the only genuine statement of compassion that a God-loving human can sincerely make. As parents, they are attentive and engaged, and the children learn their lessons well.’

Through Twitter and meeting new people, she eventually grew and that’s when she left the church. She discusses this in a TED talk earlier this year.