Unlike many of her colleagues in Hollywood, Sandra Bullock isn’t one to use her platform to push politics.
In fact, during Hurricane Harvey, Bullock made it clear where she stood amid the disaster. After donating $1 million to the relief effort, she said, “There are no politics in eight feet of water, there are human beings in eight feet of water.”
She was applauded for her nonpartisan take on the crisis in Texas. But now, Bullock, who hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 2015, is taking on an incredibly political role. She will be playing Wendy Davis, a former Democrat state senator from Texas.
According to Variety:
Sandra Bullock will star in the spec “Let Her Speak” as Texas senator Wendy Davis, whose 11-hour filibuster helped stall an anti-abortion bill in the Texas state house.
Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal are on board to produce through their Escape Artists banner.
Davis gained attention in 2013 after a speech on the Texas Senate floor lasted eleven hours in hopes to filibuster a bill that would shut down several abortion clinics in the Lone Star State, per The Guardian. Her filibuster wasn’t successful. However, the proposed law didn’t end up passing, either.
Davis wasn’t done with politics as a state senator, though. In 2014, she ran against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R). At one point, her campaign released an ad going after Abbott for allegedly trying to limit the kind of money that people can win in personal injury lawsuits. The ad received intense backlash for its picture of a wheelchair.
Abbott himself hasn’t been able to use his legs since 1984. “I believe we need to be focused on showing how we are going to make Texas number one, how we will build up this state, not how we’ll tear other people down,” Abbott said of the ad.
Nonetheless, Davis got clobbered and was even named one of the worst candidates of 2014 by The Washington Post.
It’s unclear when “Let Her Speak” is set to release, but Bullock’s portrayal of such a controversial figure is sure to spark controversy.