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Julianne Moore Tweets New Clip of Freeheld Film

Montauk actress Julianne Moore directed her Twitter followers to a new clip this week featuring her and costar Ellen Page in their new biopic Freeheld, due for release October 2.

Moore, who tweeted in July that she’s “Grateful to have been a part of this beautiful story,” stars as New Jersey police officer Laurel Hester, who went up against the Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders to transfer her pension benefits to her domestic partner Stacie Andree (Page) after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The story was first told on screens in a 2007 Oscar-winning documentary short of the same name.

As the fight ramps up, county officials, called Freeholders, conspire to prevent Hester for accomplishing her goal, but her co-workers, a “hard-nosed detective” named Dane Wells (played by Michael Shannon and activist Steven Goldstein (played by Steve Carell) unite in their defense and rally police officers and citizens to stand up for the couple.

From Lionsgate, the film is directed by Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlistand written by Philidelphia and The Painted Veil scribe Ron Nyswaner. It was filmed in at least one Long Island location: the Town of North Hempstead Town Hall, at 220 Plandome Road in Manhasset.

Watch the clip Moore shared below, which shows her and Page depicting Hester and Andree’s first meeting.

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