George Clooney to star in Proposition 8 play

Actor will star in the drama about Californian legal battle over gay marriage

George Clooney has agreed to star in the play 8, the play chronicling the US legal battle over gay marriage.

Dustin Lance Black‘s play, directed by Rob Reiner tells the story of the historic federal trial that overturned Proposition 8, the ballot measure that denied gay and lesbian Californians to marry. It was later upheld by the Supreme Court.

Clooney will appear in the west coast premiere, taking place for one night only at the Los Angeles Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Clooney said:

It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens. I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people – like all human beings – are born equal in dignity and rights.

Opponents of Proposition 8 have called for the court to make public the video of the federal trial, with a ruling expected soon. For now, 8 is the closest thing.

Black, who wrote the screenplay for Milk, said “People need to see what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter.”