Bette Midler is reportedly in negotiations to play a U.S. lawmaker who was a prominent political voice in the 1970s. Variety reports that the singer is in talks to play three-term Congresswoman Bella Abzug.
“Abzug was a New York-based attorney with the nickname ‘Battling Bella,'” Variety notes. “She was an early participant in the antiwar group Women Strike for Peace and went on to become a U.S. representative for three terms between 1971 and 1977 after campaigning on the slogan ‘This woman’s place is in the House — the House of Representatives.’”
Midler is said to be in talks to play Abzug opposite Julianne Moore in the Gloria Steinem biopic “The Glorias: A Life on the Road.”
“Alicia Vikander is in talks to play Steinem in her 20s and 30s,” Variety notes. “Julie Taymor is directing the movie for June Pictures, and Sarah Ruhl is adapting Steinem’s memoir for the screen.”
Steinem and Abzug were among the leading feminists, along with Shirley Chisholm and Betty Friedan, who founded the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1971.