Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, will be getting another moment in the spotlight. A biopic of the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, founder of the antigay church known for picketing funerals of notable LGBT and even LGBT-friendly folks with signs declaring “God Hates Fags,” is in the works. Titled This Above All, the film will be directed by 500 Days of Summer‘s Mark Webb from a screenplay by Nick Horby of High Fidelity and About a Boy fame based on a forthcoming memoir from Phelps-Roper and Reese Witherspoon is among the producers.
Deadline reports the film will chronicle “Phelps-Roper’s upbringing around Topeka, KS, where the Westboro Baptist Church preached God’s power and damned those who sinned. The church has a long history of picketing the funerals of gay murder victims, those who died of AIDS, our fallen military, the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and victims of mass shootings — including Aurora, CO, where thousands showed up to block them, and in Orlando, where a wall of people worked hard to block church signs from the sight lines of grieving mothers burying their children last year.”
Horny told Variety, “Megan’s extraordinary story says so much about so many things in contemporary America, and I’m really excited about this project.”
There’s no word on casting yet, but this is a doozy of a role for a talented young actress, such as Brie Larson, Shailene Woodley or maybe even ScarJo. Offer your suggestions in the comments section.