Freeheld trailer

As people across the U.S. continue to celebrate the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage, the first Freeheld trailer has come to remind us of the tough battles that brought us here. Based on a true story, the drama stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page as New Jersey couple Laurel and Stacie. After Laurel, a cop, is diagnosed with cancer, she fights to ensure that her pension goes to Stacie.

At their side are Laurel’s police partner Dane (Michael Shannon) and New York activist Steven (Steve Carell). Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) directed and Ron Nyswaner (PhiladelphiaSoldier’s Girl) wrote the script. Watch the Freeheld trailer after the jump.

Buzzfeed debuted the first Freeheld trailer.

The title Freeheld refers to the Board of Chosen Freeholders, New Jersey’s county legislature. The film is a feature-length adaptation of Cynthia Wade‘s 2007 short film of the same title, which covered events that took place between 2002 and 2006. The timing on Freeheld couldn’t be better. The film is a reminder of how far the gay rights movement has come in just ten years — as well as a reminder of why this battle is so important to so many people in the first place.

Freeheld arrives in theaters October 2.

Based on the Oscar®-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells (Michael Shannon), and activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell), unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.

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