Drew Barrymore (left) and Ellen Page
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01/16/2008 at 09:00 AM EST
What do you get when you combine Juno
with Charlie's Angels
? The roller-derby movie Whip It!
, starring Juno
lead Ellen Page and directed by Charlie's Angels
executive producer and star Drew Barrymore
The $10 million production – which marks Barrymore's directorial debut – will begin filming this summer in Texas, where Page will play a reluctant beauty-pageant contestant who instead finds her way in the rough-and-tumble world on skates.
"I've been working toward the goal of directing my entire life," Barrymore, 32, tells Variety
. "Whip It!
is a story that really spoke to me."
"I really admire how Drew constantly challenges herself as an artist," added Page, 20. "She's proven herself as an actress and a producer, and I have no doubt she'll bring great vision and creativity to the director's chair. I can't wait to kick ass on wheels!"
– Stephen M. Silverman