Class Action: According to Variety, Charlize Theron is poised to star for Whale Rider director Niki Caro in Class Action, a drama Warner Bros. and Industry Entertainment are mounting for a winter start.
Class Action would mark the second film deal for Theron since Monster. Like Aileen Wuornos, whom she played in her Oscar-winning performance, Theron's Class Action character is a woman who has been abused by men all her life until she becomes fed up and does something radical about it. Her remedy is to become the key plaintiff in the first successful sexual harassment prosecution in the U.S.
Scripted by Michael Seitzman, "Class Action" is a fictionalized version of the Jensen v. Eveleth Mines case. Theron will play Josie Aimes, a young mother who flees an abusive husband during the early '70s, heads home to her Minnesota hometown and becomes one of the first women to get jobs in the iron mine that employs most residents, including her father. She and her female co-workers are verbally and physically harassed by their male co-workers. The mine owners turn a deaf ear to their complaints and the women are terrified to lose their jobs. Though she risks being ostracized by her family, Aimes become a Norma Rae-like figure in mobilizing defiance through legal action. Helen Bartlett is exec producing.
Deal pending, the film is set to begin production after Theron completes Aeon Flux.