Hilary Swank by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com
She's fought in the ring, and now Hilary Swank will be fighting for justice in her latest flick.

The two-time Oscar winner will star in the legal drama Betty Anne Waters for director Tony Goldwyn, Variety reports.

Based on a true story, Swank will play the titular character, a single mother/high school dropout who works and waitresses her way through law school to free her incarcerated brother, Kenneth, whom she believes was framed for murder.

The project has been gestating since 2001, when Waters' brother was released, and was originally planned as a starrer for Naomi Watts.

Swank will executive produce the film, written by Pamela Gray. Production begins in January in Michigan. - Joyce Eng

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