‘Coda’ Director Sian Heder Set to Helm Biopic on Disability Activist Judith Heumann

‘Coda’ Director Sian Heder Set to Helm Biopic on Disability Activist Judith Heumann
After filming the charming and heartfelt “Coda,” set to release on Apple TV+ August 13, director Sian Heder is setting up her next project, and it could be a game-changer.

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,
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