She was previously set to play a teen lesbian werewolf in Jack and Diane, but Ellen Pageis apparently now looking at more grown-up projects. Like playing an adult lesbian auto mechanic in Freeheld. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the tearjerker is being adapted from Cynthia Wade's Oscar-winning short documentary of the same title by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner(Philadelphia). Page has been cast as Stacie Andree (pictured, right), the girlfriend of dying New Jersey police officer Laurel Hester. In addition to fighting cancer, Hester fought the county to get her pension benefits passed on to Stacie. Such privileges were of course reserved solely for (heterosexual) married couples, not (gay) domestic partners. The remake will be produced by acclaimed documentarian James D. Stern (Every Little Step) along with Erin Brockovich's Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher.

I don't want to give away the ending, but let's say whatever the outcome you'll want to bring a box of tissues. Just as you needed one with other mainstream films about gay protagonists, including Milk, Brokeback Mountain and Nyswaner's Philadelphia. I may have also gotten weepy during Monster, but I may also be confusing the response for how I felt with Nick Broomfield's doc Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer. Typically I think the dramatic version of a story will be the more emotional given the way the narrative is played out and especially how it is scored to overload your senses. But with the Wuornos films it was different because of Broomfield's personal involvement in the case. Speaking of those films, I kinda think Charlize Theron should also play Hester. She'd have to play much older but she can wear prosthetic makeup again and get to mix her roles from Monster and Sweet November.

If you're interested in seeing Wade's original 38 minute film before the stretched-out remake arrives, it's on DVD. For now, check out the trailer after the jump.
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