Titled "Anita", the film will be on the life of Bryant, the and singer who campaigned against local anti-discrimination ordinances in Florida, inadvertently igniting the gay rights movement.
Bryant was a singer and spokesperson for orange juice and the Florida Citrus Commission. She fronted a campaign in the late 1970s called 'Save Our Children' that advocated against rules prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, tanking her career in the process.
"How could this celebrity who espoused Christian goodness and orange juice through song suddenly use those platforms to go on a nationwide anti-gay crusade and overturn gay rights laws? I wanted to find out who Anita was, who the people around her were, and what everybody wanted out of this," Hodge added.
Principal photography of the film will start in September.
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