Deadline reports that political activist Gloria Steinem’s 2015 memoir, My Life on the Road, will be adapted into a biopic.
Julianne Moore is set to star as Steinem, with director Julie Taymor at the helm. As acclaimed masters in their fields, both women bring as much to the table as the feminist icon herself. Moore had an Oscar-winning turn in Still Alice, the film of Lisa Genova’s novel about early-onset Alzheimer's. Likewise, Taylor is the brains behind a Tony Award-winning production of The Lion King—though biopics are also familiar territory. In 2002 she directed Frida, in which Salma Hayek played the artist Frida Kahlo.
“When I read the book, it demanded that it be a film,” Taymor said of Steinem’s memoir. “It’s so vividly cinematic.”
My Life on Road is Steinem’s coming-of-age story, in her own words, and was a New York Times bestseller. The upcoming film will focus on her formative years, tracing her evolution into one of the most respected champions of gender equality. There were a number of influences that paved the way—her parents, in particular, whose spirit of adventure passed to Steinem. Of course, the biopic will also cover the various milestones of her world travels and early career, from her journalism gig in the 1960s to the legendary 1977 National Women’s Conference.
In a statement to Deadline, Steinem expressed her own enthusiasm for the project, saying she hopes that “the result will encourage many more travelers—especially women in all our diverse realities—to tell our own stories.”
Though no further details have been announced, we’re already excited to see Steinem’s story on the big screen.
Read Gloria Steinem's other nonfiction books before the biopic comes to theaters!
Featured still from "Still Alice" (2014), via Sony Pictures Classics