Claire Danes to Play Temple Grandin in New HBO Biopic
Autistic Dr. Temple Grandin, a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, is an icon in the Autistic Community. Her life has been a beacon and an inspirational story and after a long negotiation is getting her biography brought to HBO. Claire Danes is in negotiations to star as Grandin in the film which is currently moving forward after nine years.
“I made a commitment to Temple that I was going to make it and make it right,” said Emily Gerson Saines, one of the executive producers, who has a son with autism. “I never pushed to get it made until now, because now we got it right.”
The actress Claire Danes may be known to you as Angela Chase in the 1992-94 pioneering TV drama series “My So Called Life.” Who better to play Autistic Temple Grandin from her high school years to her post academic period?
Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her PhD in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare.
She was also featured in Errol Morris’ documentary “First Person: Stairway to Heaven.”
Grandin has written a variety of autism books, such as Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism and The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships which are available on the Wrong Planet Book Page.
For more information check out The Hollywood Reporter.
Written by SinsBoldly and Alex Plank.