Uma Thurman will play anti-gay rights activist Anita Bryant in the upcoming biopic Anita.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will direct the film based on a script by Chad Hodge.

Bryant, a former Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant winner, gained commercial success as a singer in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She married Bob Green, a Miami disc jockey, in 1960 and the couple had four children.

Her name would become synonymous with bigotry and homophobia when she led a campaign in 1977 to repeal a Dade County, Florida ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. She went on to lead similar campaigns around the country.

But she paid a high price for her activism. In 1979, the Florida Citrus Commission dropped her as their spokeswoman. A year later, citing emotional abuse, she divorced her husband, which led to many of the fundamentalist venues where she often spoke to shunning her. In 2001, she and her second husband declared bankruptcy.

In the film, Bryant is forced to confront her past when she allows a gay screenwriter into her home.

Hodge, who first pitched the film to HBO in 2010, told The Back Lot that he met Bryant for three days in Oklahoma.