Janelle Monáe, Lorraine Toussaint, Bette Midler and Monica Sanchez also star in the Julie Taymor-directed film based on Steinem’s 2015 book, ‘My Life on the Road.’
After the film’s premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the trailer for the anticipated Gloria Steinem biopic The Glorias has arrived.
Directed by Julie Taymor and based on Steinem’s 2015 book, My Life on the Road, the adaptation takes a road less traveled by the cinematic genre as it follows the journalist, activist, and American feminist through the decades of her life. Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander are among the handful of actresses starring as the fierce face of the 1960s and 1970s women’s movement, taking viewers on a journey across America — and Steinem’s career and life — in a Greyhound bus.
Clocking in at just over a minute, the first look delivers a montage of Steinem’s firebrand confidence over a mix of protest stock footage and re-enacted moments following her rise to legendary status. Like the film, the trailer puts the various versions of Steinem in literal and figurative conversation with one another as she traverses from India as a young woman to the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference.
The trailer opens on Vikander’s version of the feminist icon as she declares she wants “to write about the women’s movement.” When a male editor asks, “what movement?” Moore’s take on the rebel and ceiling smasher answers with scenes of Steinem’s launch of Ms. Magazine.
“All the magazine people said don’t do a lesbian story in the first issue, so I feel like we need to do a lesbian story,” Moore says as a phone rings off the hook and a female voiceover declares, “Gloria Steinem should rot in hell.”
The trailer then jumps to introducing the cohort of “crazy women” whose lives and work become inextricably intertwined with Steinem’s during the women’s rights movement. Like a flipbook, the trailer flies through teasing the signature passion and power of feminist legends like Dorothy Pitman Hughes (Janelle Monáe), Flo Kennedy (Lorraine Toussaint), Bella Abzug (Bette Midler), Dolores Huerta (Monica Sanchez) and Wilma Mankiller (Kimberly Guerrero).
The activist and author’s influential journey upending expectations and fighting to end sexual discrimination are cast against her personal challenges and political controversies in the film from Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment.”The truth will set you free,” Moore’s Steinem says towards the trailer’s end. “But first, it will piss you off.”
Written by Sarah Ruhl, The Glorias also stars Lulu Wilson and Ryan Keira Armstrong and is slated to simultaneously release on digital platforms and streaming service Amazon Prime Video on Sept. 30.
Watch the trailer below.