A big thanks to whomever decided that Jodie Foster and Annette Bening should do a movie together — because we are forever grateful to that person.
The two acting icons are teaming up for the upcoming Diana Nyad biopic, "Nyad," based on Nyad’s autobiography, “Find a Way." Nyad, of course, made headlines when she swam from Cuba to Key West — a 110-mile journey — at age 64. She had tried and failed to complete the trek three times. But on Sept. 2, 2013, Nyad finally arrived in Florida, having finished her goal.
In the film, Annette Bening plays out lesbian swimmer Nyad, while Academy Award winner Jodie Foster plays Nyad’s best friend and coach, Bonnie Stoll. "Nyad" is about their relationship — as chosen family — as much as it is about the swim.
“A remarkable true story of tenacity, friendship and the triumph of the human spirit, Nyad recounts a riveting chapter in the life of world-class athlete Diana Nyad,” the official description for the film reads. “Three decades after giving up marathon swimming in exchange for a prominent career as a sports journalist, at the age of 60, Diana becomes obsessed with completing an epic swim that always eluded her.”
In their real lives, Bening is an ally to the queer community and the mother of a trans son, Stephen Ira. Former child star Foster, meanwhile, came out as a lesbian at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. The film is directed by first-time directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin from a screenplay written by Julia Cox.
Before “Nyad” hits select theaters on Oct. 20 and begins streaming on Netflix on Nov. 3, watch the hilarious and moving trailer below.