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Elisabeth Moss will play Katie Hill in upcoming film adaptation of the former Congresswoman’s memoir

Elisabeth Moss is set to portray former Congresswoman Katie Hill in an upcoming film adaptation of the 33-year-old’s popular memoir.

The memoir – titled She Will Rise: Becoming A Warrior In The Battle For True Equality, – was quickly optioned by Blumhouse Television following its August publication.

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The project is currently being ‘developed as a movie for a streaming service’ and Hill will act as an executive producer, as reported by Deadline on Tuesday.

Next role: Elisabeth Moss is set to portray former Congresswoman Katie Hill in an upcoming film adaptation of the 33-year-old’s popular memoir

Aside from playing Hill, Elisabeth will also be producing the feature with Lindsey McManus under her production company Love & Squalor Pictures.

Michael Seitzman will be responsible for adapting the memoir’s screenplay and he will also receive producer credit alongside Blumhouse’s Jason Blum.

Jeremy Gold, who has produced the likes of HBO’s mini series Sharp Objects, will be involved as an executive producer for Blumhouse Television.

‘I wrote She Will Rise to try to take back my story from those who have exploited and twisted it. 

‘I also wanted to shine a light on the stories of women whose resilience and bravery gave me strength when I needed it most, and hopefully to provide inspiration to others,’ said Hill in regards to the impending project.

Her side: Hill's memoir, titled She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior In The Battle For True Equality, was quickly optioned by Blumhouse Television following its August release

Her side: Hill’s memoir, titled She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior In The Battle For True Equality, was quickly optioned by Blumhouse Television following its August release

Though she was able to gain some control over her narrative via her memoir, Katie emphasized that ‘having this larger platform to tell this story’ and ‘working with the talented team at Blumhouse and Michael, and the incredible Elisabeth Moss as the lead is more than [she] ever could have imagined.’  

‘I am so grateful for the opportunity and look forward to collaborating on this project,’ she concluded.

Elisabeth gushed that she is ‘so honored to have the opportunity to portray Katie and to help tell her story.’   

‘Her strength and work to amplify women’s voices is incredibly inspiring to me and her experiences could not be more important for us to magnify right now,’ she said, before giving a nod to the Blumhouse team.

Incredible: Though she was able to gain some control over her narrative via her memoir, Katie emphasized that 'having this larger platform to tell this story' and 'working with the talented team at Blumhouse and Michael, and the incredible Elisabeth Moss as the lead is more than [she] ever could have imagined'; Katie pictured

Incredible: Though she was able to gain some control over her narrative via her memoir, Katie emphasized that ‘having this larger platform to tell this story’ and ‘working with the talented team at Blumhouse and Michael, and the incredible Elisabeth Moss as the lead is more than [she] ever could have imagined’; Katie pictured

Honored: Elisabeth gushed that she is 'so honored to have the opportunity to portray Katie and to help tell her story'; Elisabeth pictured in February

Honored: Elisabeth gushed that she is ‘so honored to have the opportunity to portray Katie and to help tell her story’; Elisabeth pictured in February

‘As always, Jason and the Blumhouse team are such incredible partners and Lindsey and I are thrilled to make something powerful with them and Michael.’ 

Jason Blum, who founded Blumhouse in 2000, said that him and his team ‘pursued this project because [they] believe in Katie and her message of empowering women and breaking the system.’

‘And with Elisabeth and the force of what she brings on and off the camera, we hope this will be a powerful vehicle to inspire and for change,’ concluded the 51-year-old producer.

She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality, which hit shelves on August 11, details the former California Congresswoman’s highly publicized fall from grace. 

Breaking the system: Jason Blum, who founded Blumhouse in 2000, said that him and his team 'pursued this project because [they] believe in Katie and her message of empowering women and breaking the system'; Blum pictured in 2019

Breaking the system: Jason Blum, who founded Blumhouse in 2000, said that him and his team ‘pursued this project because [they] believe in Katie and her message of empowering women and breaking the system’; Blum pictured in 2019

Hill’s political profile found the national stage in 2018 when she put her homeless services career on hold to run for congress as a Democratic candidate in California’s 25th Congressional District.

The 25th Congressional District is a historically Republican district, with the last Democrat – prior to Hill – having held the seat in 1990.

Aside from being a democrat, Hill was also openly bisexual and allowed Vice to thoroughly document her race.  

Hill ran against Republican candidate Steve Knight, who had been the reigning congressman since 2014.

Rise: Hill's political profile found the national stage in 2018 when she put her homeless services career on hold to run for congress as a Democratic candidate in California's 25th Congressional District; Katie pictured in 2019

Rise: Hill’s political profile found the national stage in 2018 when she put her homeless services career on hold to run for congress as a Democratic candidate in California’s 25th Congressional District; Katie pictured in 2019

Winner: Katie, who earned endorsements from the likes of President Barack Obama and Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi, ended up dethroning Steve in the November 2018 election; Katie pictured in 2019

Winner: Katie, who earned endorsements from the likes of President Barack Obama and Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi, ended up dethroning Steve in the November 2018 election; Katie pictured in 2019

Katie, who earned endorsements from the likes of President Barack Obama and Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi, ended up dethroning Steve in the November 2018 election.

But, unfortunately, Hill’s progressive congressional victory was short lived due to a scandal that emerged less than a year into her term.

In October of 2019, shocking photographs of Hill posing naked with a tattoo of what appeared to be a Nazi-era Iron Cross on her bikini line while smoking a bong and making out with her young female aide were obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com.

The female aide was later identified by DailyMail.com as Morgan Desjardins, 24, from Santa Clarita, California.

According to reports, Hill and her now estranged husband Kenny Heslep were involved in a polyamorous relationship with Desjardins for approximately two years.

Scandal: In October of 2019, s hocking photographs of Hill posing naked with a tattoo of what appeared to be a Nazi-era Iron Cross on her bikini line while smoking a bong and making out with her young female aide were obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com; Katie and Morgan pictured

Scandal: In October of 2019, s hocking photographs of Hill posing naked with a tattoo of what appeared to be a Nazi-era Iron Cross on her bikini line while smoking a bong and making out with her young female aide were obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com; Katie and Morgan pictured

Polyamory: According to reports, Hill and her now estranged husband Kenny Heslep were involved in a polyamorous relationship with Desjardins for approximately two years; Katie, Morgan, and Kenny pictured

Polyamory: According to reports, Hill and her now estranged husband Kenny Heslep were involved in a polyamorous relationship with Desjardins for approximately two years; Katie, Morgan, and Kenny pictured

The relationship between Desjardins, Hill, and Heslep reportedly began when Desjardins started working for Hill’s campaign in 2017.  

At some point in 2019, Hill single-handedly put an end to the three-way relationship and even filed for divorce from Heslep approximately five-months before the scandalous photos were leaked. 

Hill accused her estranged husband of orchestrating the leak and even claimed that he was ‘abusive’ and threatened to ‘ruin her’ if she ever left him, according to the New York Times. 

Heslep vehemently denied Hill’s claims and has continued to insist that his computer was ‘hacked’ and that hackers were behind the release of the former ‘throuple’s’ private photos, as per Heslep’s father Frank in a statement to Buzzfeed.

Resigning: An ethics investigation was quickly launched, but was never completed because Hill decided to resign; Katie pictured in 2019

Resigning: An ethics investigation was quickly launched, but was never completed because Hill decided to resign; Katie pictured in 2019

While the lurid nature of the photos were shocking, revelations about her relationship with a subordinate put her personal – and political – ethics into question.

Hill insisted that her relationship with Desjardins happened prior to her congressional win, which would not violate House rules.

But another allegation regarding a supposed relationship between Hill and her legislative director, if proven true, would have been a direct violation. Both Hill and her legislative director have denied having romantic entanglements of any kind.

An ethics investigation was quickly launched, but was never completed because of Hill’s decision to resign.

‘To every little girl who looked up to me, I hope that one day you can forgive me…I am leaving now because of a double standard. I am leaving because I no longer want to be used as a bargaining chip,’ said Katie in her memorable farewell speech on October 31 of 2019.

Farewell: 'To every little girl who looked up to me, I hope that one day you can forgive me...I am leaving now because of a double standard. I am leaving because I no longer want to be used as a bargaining chip,' said Katie in her memorable farewell speech; Katie pictured in 2019

Farewell: ‘To every little girl who looked up to me, I hope that one day you can forgive me…I am leaving now because of a double standard. I am leaving because I no longer want to be used as a bargaining chip,’ said Katie in her memorable farewell speech; Katie pictured in 2019

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