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North Country

Release Date: October 21, 2005

February 1, 2005
Cast hops aboard Niki Caro project

A number of new cast members have been announced for the Untitled Niki Caro Project (formerly known as Class Action). Woody Harrelson, Sean Bean, Michelle Monaghan and Richard Jenkins will star alongside the previously announced Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek and Jeremy Renner. The Warner Bros. film is a fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S. In Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, a woman brought forth charges that she endured a large amount of abuse while she was working as a miner. The Michael Seitzman script was inspired by the book Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Hrassment Law, by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler.
Source: Variety

September 22, 2004
Jeremy Renner in Class Action

Jeremy Renner is in talks to star opposite Charlize Theron in Class Action, which is being directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider). The Warner Bros. film is expected to go into production in 2005, once Theron has completed work on Aeon Flux. Class Action also will star Frances McDormand. It is based on a nonfiction book by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler about the first sexual harassment trial in the U.S. The screenplay was adapted by Michael Seitzman. Renner would play Bobby Sharp, a man who works closely with Theron's character at a mine in their hometown. The two constantly disagree over whether a woman should be legitimately working in such a place, and eventually the arguments push her so far over the edge that she files a class-action lawsuit.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

July 14, 2004
McDormand joins Theron for Class Action

Frances McDormand has signed on to co-star alongside Charlize Theron in Class Action. The two Academy Award winning actresses, who are also teaming together in Aeon Flux, will portray a pair of iron miners. Theron's character, Josie, has been sexually harassed and goes on to become the first person ever to successfully sue for the personal rights infringement. McDormand will play the tough yet tender woman who befriends Josie. The movie is a fictionalized account of the real case of United States, Jensen v. Eveleth Mines. That was the actual first case where a woman won a sexual harassment suit. The screenplay was written by Michael Seitzman and Whale Rider director Niki Caro is signed up to helm the Warner Bros. project.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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