Based on Steinem's memoir My Life on the Road, the movie sees Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander play two of five onscreen Gloria Steinems, ranging from her time in India, to the founding of Ms. magazine in New York, to her role in the rise of the women's rights movement in the 1960s and beyond.
Janelle Monáe plays Dorothy Pitman Hughe in the film, which also starsBette Midler, Timothy Hutton and Lorraine Toussaint.
Julie Taymor directed from a script she co-wrote with Sarah Ruhl. Taymor also produced the film, alongside Alex Saks of Page Fifty-Four Productions and Lynn Hendee. Executive producers included David Kern, Marcei A. Brown, Amy Richards, Jenny Warburg, Sarah Johnson and Regina Scully.
“Our most gratifying experiences have come from inspiring audiences with the authentic voices of historic female icons in films like Jackie, Judy, and now The Glorias,” LD Entertainment's Mickey Liddell said Thursday in a statement. “Julie Taymor's imaginative vision, brought to life by the performances of Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander, honors Gloria's pursuit to empower women from all walks of life.”
“I'm thrilled to be with a company that loves our film and has the passion to get it out,” said Taymor, with Steinem adding, “Telling my story in Julie Taymor's genius movie carries my hope that we all have a right to tell our stories — I hope it encourages you to tell yours.”