Political Animals, USA Network’s upcoming series by Greg Berlanti, has invited Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave to play an openly lesbian Supreme Court Justice. Political Animals stars three-time Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish, who, like Hilary Clinton, is a former American First Lady turned Secretary of State.
Now, how did an openly lesbian judge join the Supreme Court of the early 21st-century United States, a country where most Republican politicians (and their millions of supporters) continue to take a strong stance against gay rights? Or is Political Animals set in 2030 or whereabouts? And will Vanessa Redgrave’s lesbian Supreme Court Justice vote on the constitutionality of anti-marriage equality (aka "anti-gay marriage") laws in states such as Arizona and North Carolina? Stay tuned.
In addition to Sigourney Weaver and Vanessa Redgrave, who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her titular performance in Fred Zinnemann’s Julia (and whose highly political Oscar acceptance speech caused a furor back in early 1978), Political Animals also features Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Carla Gugino, Sebastian Stan, Adrian Pasdar, Dan Futterman, Ciarán Hinds, Dylan Baker, and James Wolk. Political Animals premieres on July 15.
In addition to her Oscar win for Julia, Vanessa Redgrave has been nominated five other times: Best Actress for Karel Reisz’s Morgan (1966) and Isadora (1968), Charles Jarrott’s Mary Queen of Scots (1971), and James Ivory’s The Bostonians, and Best Supporting Actress for Ivory’s Howards End (1992).
Vanessa Redgrave photo source: Playbill.com.