Initially reported by Deadline, Heder will direct a biopic on noted disability rights activist Judith Heumann, based on Heumann’s memoir. The deal is part of a package through Apple Original Films with Heder already signed to the company in a multi-year agreement. Actress Ali Stroker, who became the first disabled person to win a Tony for her 2019 performance in “Oklahoma” on Broadway, is reportedly being considered for the leading role.
Heumann’s memoir, entitled “Being Heumann,” documents her life and her journey as a disabled rights advocate. She contracted polio in 1949 and became a wheelchair user. From there she became a leading advocate, including organizing the 504 Sit-In in San Francisco, which was a landmark moment for disability rights. You can see the sit-in,