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Judd, Harris to star in biopic on anti-gay activist

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Actors and have been roped in for a biopic on anti-gay activist

Titled "Anita", the film will be on the life of Bryant, the and who campaigned against local anti-discrimination ordinances in Florida, inadvertently igniting the gay rights movement.

will write and direct, while and will produce the project, reports

was a and spokesperson for orange juice and the 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.

While researching the history, Hodge spent significant time with in her home, and that element is recounted in the movie. Harris plays Hodge as he meets Bryant, who is played by Judd.

"As a gay man and a who likes to explore complex, messy characters, I've always thought about Bryant," Hodge said.

"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 was, who the people around her were, and what everybody wanted out of this," Hodge added.

Principal photography of the film will start in



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 10:24 IST