Juno star Ellen Page has signed on to play lesbian in the big screen adaption of Freeheld, Variety reported.

The 2008 Academy Award-winning documentary tells the true story of a lesbian couple facing death while battling a discriminatory government. Lieutenant Laurel Hester is dying from lung cancer as she fights for the right to leave her Ocean County, New Jersey police pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree, who'll be played by Page.

Ron Nyswaner has signed on to adapt Cynthia Wade's short documentary into a feature film. Nyswaner's Philadelphia screenplay earned him an Oscar nomination. The 1993 drama featured Tom Hanks as an HIV+ gay man in his own gay rights battle.

Producer James D. Stern called Freeheld's story “powerful” and “subject matter that will resonate with audiences” in announcing the project.