Elisabeth Moss of The Handmaid’s Tale and Mad Men fame will play bisexual former Congresswoman Katie Hill in a film adapted from Hill’s recent memoir, She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality.
Hill was elected to the U.S. House from a Southern California district in 2018 as an out bi candidate, defeating an anti-LGBTQ+ incumbent and flipping the seat from Republican to Democratic. Once in office, she was seen as a rising star, but she resigned in October 2019 after revelations of an affair with a female campaign staffer and a right-wing blog’s publication of nude photos of Hill. Hill, who was going through a contentious divorce from her husband, was also accused of a romantic relationship with a male House staffer, which would have been a violation of ethics rules; she said she had no such relationship.
While “her brash confidence won her powerful allies and infuriated her enemies, it was privately concealing a cycle of domestic abuse she was trapped in at home, infamously culminating in the release of intimate photos and the revelation of her own admitted personal mistakes that would eventually result in her stunning fall from grace,” said a statement from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television, which is one of three companies producing the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Michael Seitzman, who is writing the screenplay, is producing through his Maniac Productions, and Moss is producing through her company, Love & Squalor Pictures. Hill is an executive producer. The film is slated for release on streaming services.
She Will Rise chronicles Hill’s career as well as the larger story of women in politics. “I wrote She Will Rise to try to take back my story from those who have exploited and twisted it,” Hill said in a statement to THR. “I also wanted to shine a light on the stories of women whose resilience and bravery gave me strength when I needed it most, and hopefully to provide inspiration to others. Having this larger platform to tell this story, working with the talented team at Blumhouse and Michael, and the incredible Elisabeth Moss as the lead, is more than I ever could have imagined — I am so grateful for the opportunity and look forward to collaborating on this project.”
Moss said of Hill, “Her strength and work to amplify women’s voices is incredibly inspiring to me and her experiences could not be more important for us to magnify right now.” Blum added, “We pursued this project because we believe in Katie and her message of empowering women and breaking the system. And with Elisabeth and the force of what she brings on and off the camera, we hope this will be a powerful vehicle to inspire and for change.” Blum previously worked with Moss on the horror film The Invisible Man.