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Reese Witherspoon is making a movie about the Westboro Baptist Church

Oscar winning actress Reese Witherspoon is producing a movie based on the life of the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps.
Oscar winning actress Reese Witherspoon is producing a movie based on the life of the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps. Facebook/Megan Phelps-Roper

Reese Witherspoon is set to produce a movie about the life of Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps.

The screenplay for the film, “This Above All,” will be based on a New Yorker article and an upcoming book by Phelps-Roper, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Phelps-Roper announced the news on social media earlier this week.

“Update: I finished the first draft of my book a few weeks ago, and now a film is in the works, taken on by some incredibly talented people — Nick Hornby, Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea, Marc Webb, Bill Pohlad, and Condé Nast Entertainment,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

“This has been percolating for a year and a half, and is still utterly unbelievable.”

Phelps-Roper, the daughter of prominent church member Shirley Phelps-Roper, grew up in the controversial anti-gay Topeka church and became a highly visible spokeswoman who talked to the media and became a strong voice for the group on Twitter.

She and a younger sister, Grace Phelps-Roper, left the church in late 2012. “We ripped the Band-Aid off,” Megan wrote in a text to The Kansas City Star in February 2013.

“We know that we’ve done and said things that hurt people,” the sisters said in a joint statement. “Inflicting pain on others wasn’t the goal, but it was one of the outcomes. We wish it weren’t so and regret that hurt.”

Marc Webb, who directed “The Amazing Spider-Man” and most recently “The Only Living Boy in New York,” is set to direct the film.

Nick Hornby, who most recently wrote the Oscar-nominated “Brooklyn,” will write the screenplay based on Adrian Chen’s 2015 New Yorker story, “Unfollow,” and Phelps-Roper’s book.

Hornby has said Phelps-Roper’s story “says so much about so many things in contemporary America.”

The film will reportedly follow her upbringing in Topeka, where she joined the church’s famous picket lines and held anti-gay signs before she could even read them.

Rumor has it that Witherspoon, who will co-produce the movie, is also set to star.

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