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Carey Mulligan, 'She Said' Team Picks Actual Survivor and Released at Weinstein's LA Trial: 'We're All in a Better Place, He's in Prison'

The New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor released their bombshell report alleging Harvey Weinstein Five Years After Decades of Sexual Abuse, the film version of their story journey has arrived.

at she said , Carey Mulligan as Twohey and Zoe Kazan as Kantor, showcases months of reporting and conversations with survivors who will go on to start the #MeToo movement. After premiering at the New York Film Festival last month, the Universal film was screened at AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Friday.

“I’m very interested in the psychology of a person who can call someone at noon and ask them the worst thing that has ever happened, and they can get that person’s Trust, and then pass it on to the world,” Mulligan told The Hollywood Reporter into reporters’ minds. “I just don’t fit in.”

The actress took over the project shortly after starring in another sexual assault-related film (and was nominated for an Oscar) Promising Young Woman and said she was in the middle of an awards season promotion when she received the script. “They didn’t feel like me, they were such different stories,” Mulligan said of the two projects. “ The Promising Young Woman is such a dark fairy tale and it feels very, very real. It touches on similar issues and feels very sensitive, but in style and character and everything , they feel like polar opposites.”

In addition to the two stars, she said has several Weinsteins Survivor’s on-screen roles – including

Ashley Judd , who plays when she tells reporters her story and allows them to name her in theirs Own.

Involvement of survivors “It’s extraordinary, I think our biggest goal is if Meghan and Jody can be happy with that and [survivors] can Do that, then the job is done,” Mulligan said. “I think the way they were involved and consulted on the script throughout was the key to what we wanted to do.”

Director Maria Schrader said Judd was actually, she was in The first people I met on this project as they were both in Berlin during the pandemic. After reading the script, Schrader’s first question to producer Dede Gardner was, “So, is Ashley playing himself?”

“I know very well that it’s remarkable that Ashley Judd is playing Ashley Judd, telling her own story in her own words,” Schrader said. “It’s like jumping into an alternate reality of the movie; it’s kind of like knocking down the fourth wall in a theater.”

Kantor said, watching the real-life Judd and As she sat down with her on-screen alter ego, “I’m glad [through the audience] to have more company in what. It started out as a bunch of very secret conversations.” She added, “I think Ashley Playing yourself in this film represents a very important point of this project, which is that we want you, the audience, to feel immersed in the experience and have the opportunity to listen to these stories and enter The New York Times walls.”

Weinstein survivor Sarah Ann Massey also has a role in the film, where she played a Calls, asking them to include survivors and help with her initiative “Hire Hollywood Survivors,” and she ended up auditioning herself.

“I’ve lost a lot of time in my career because of what Harvey did to me; for the past five years I’ve faced immediate retaliation, and speed slower,” Massey said. “As soon as I walked onto the set, I immediately felt at home. It was my first big studio feature film, and then today I attended the premiere of this big film I was involved in at the Chinese Theater, which Really healing. It’s poetic justice; it feels like the beginning of a life I’ve always deserved, and I’m excited about the new opportunities that are coming.”

This The film’s release also comes with Weinstein’s criminal trial in Los Angeles, “I think it’s just a reminder that this is still a work in progress,” Masse explained. “It’s not linear, sexual violence is so ingrained in our culture, and there are so many different ways to find healing and change and develop it. I’m so grateful for the women who participated in this trial; it takes a lot of courage.”

Co-star Patricia Clarkson, who noted that she “worked with and was bullied by Harvey,” said the timing of the film and trial was “appropriate and divine” “. She pointed to the rug and added, “Look at us, we’re all in power.” Women from start to finish, we’re strong, we’re all beautiful, we’re all strong, and we’re all in a better place. And he’s still in jail.

She said will be released in November 18.

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