Producers of the upcoming film Freeheld on Thursday released the first trailer for the movie.

Freeheld is the Hollywood adaptation of the documentary short film of the same name based on the true story of a lesbian couple facing death while battling a discriminatory government.

Lieutenant Laurel Hester (played by Julianne Moore) fought for the right to leave her Ocean County, New Jersey police pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page), as she faced a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer. Hester's conservative detective partner Dane Wells (Michael Shannon) stepped up to help her in her fight.

Steve Carell plays activist Steven Goldstein in the film.

Ron Nyswaner, whose Philadelphia screenplay earned him an Oscar nomination, adapted Cynthia Wade's short documentary into the feature film.

Freeheld opens in October. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)