NOLA-shot legal drama 'Created Equal' to tackle role of women in Catholic Church
The R.A. Brown novel 'Created Equal,' about a woman who sues the Catholic Church after being denied entry into the priesthood, will soon be a movie. Production got underway on director Bill Duke's big-screen adaptation in September 2016. (Tate Publishing)
Bill Duke ("Sister Act 2," "A Rage in Harlem") is directing the film, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by lawyer Roger A. Brown and a script by Richard Kletter, Michael Ricgliano, Theta Catalon and Joyce Lewis, according to Variety.
Originally set in Houston, "Created Equal" stars Edy Ganem as a woman who is met by death threats from an extremist group after hiring a hotshot lawyer (Aaron Tveit) to sue the New Orleans Archdiocese for gender discrimination. Lou Diamond Phillips and Greg Alan Williams will co-star.
According to paperwork filed with the state, the production is operating on a budget of $1.6 million. Of that, an estimated $1.4 million will be spent in Louisiana over the course of the production's 75-day local shoot, including $926,000 on 83 temporary in-state jobs.
No distributor or release date has been announced.