Monday, 20 July 2015

Ellen Page set for Lioness

Currently filming the comedy drama Tallulah with her fellow Juno (2007) co-star Allison Janney, Ellen Page already has her next project lined up. News arrive via The Hollywood Reporter that she is set to play real life US Marine Lance Corporal Leslie Martz, in producer James Dahl's developing war drama Lioness.

Martz was stationed in Iraq for a time, but Lioness is concerned with her stint in Afghanistan, leading a 'Female Engagement Team'. Her agenda was ostensibly to gain the trust of Afghan women and prepare them for independence, but Martz was also tasked with surreptitiously extracting intelligence from those same women about their Taliban husbands.

Torn between her duty to her country and her sympathy with the women she was secretly betraying, she began to question where her allegiance really lay – a situation not helped by the fact that she was already hiding her identity as a gay woman in the military.

Lioness doesn't have a director yet, but newcomer Rosalind Ross has written the screenplay and will join Dahl on the producers list. Dahl is also behind the Rolling Stones movie The End Of The Tour, starring Page's To Rome With Love (2012) co-star Jesse Eisenberg.

We should next see Page in the science fiction drama Into The Forest and the biographical romance Freeheld, although neither currently has a UK release date as yet.

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