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Marc Webb to direct movie about a Westboro Baptist Church convert

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The Westboro Baptist Church was sort of a precursor to the modern-day boldness of real-life trolls like Donald Trump and the newer breed of Nazis, best known for protesting at funerals and holding up homophobic protest signs, and now Marc Webb is set to direct a movie about someone escaping from their evil ranks. Titled This Above All, the project is based on the true story of Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the church who happens to be its founder’s granddaughter, and it will tell the story of her upbringing in the church and the 20 years she spent picketing at funerals for people who died of AIDS, gay murder victims, soldiers, and victims of mass shootings. It will also involve the way she used Twitter to protest things online, and the conversations she had with people over social media that eventually led to her realizing that her church was spouting some pretty fucked up bullshit.

The film will be based on a book, presumably of the same name, that will be published at some point in the future.


[via Deadline]

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