May 17, 2018 at 11:04 am PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Reese Witherspoon to produce Martina Navratilova documentary
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Martina Navratilova  (Photo courtesy of John Wright Photo)

Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine is set to produce a documentary about Martina Navratilova. Journalists Glenn Greenwald and Suzanne Gilbert are also on board to assist in the making of the film.

Variety reports the film will document Navratilova’s life told through the eyes of Greenwald, who considers Navratilova a childhood hero, coming of age during the Ronald Reagan era in Florida.

“As monumental as Martina’s on-court achievements were, they pale in comparison to her role as a pioneer and trailblazer on questions of feminism, women’s athletics, equality for gay and lesbians across the planet, transgender visibility, immigrant rights, and the right of political dissent,” Greenwald said in a statement. “I’m excited to be partnering with Reese and Hello Sunshine to explore her truly enduring legacy, her remarkable courage directly or indirectly inspiring millions of people who lacked any other role models.”

Navratilova, 61, is considered one of the most successful tennis players of all time. She counts 18 singles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles and 10 major mixed doubles titles among her accomplishments.

“The issues raised by Martina’s legacy resonate now more than ever,” Charlotte Koh, head of digital media and programming for Hello Sunshine, said in a statement. “It’s so important to tell her story to new generations of young people who may not be aware of the role she played in shaping expectations around female identity and LGBT equality.”

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