Barrymore to direct Juno star

Drew BarrymoreDrew Barrymore has chosen Juno star Ellen Page to star in her directorial debut, Whip It! Page will play a beauty pageant contestant who finds herself competing in the roller derby. “I’ve been working toward the goal of directing my entire life,” Barrymore, 32, told Variety. “Whip It! is a story that really spoke to me.” Page, 20, says, “I really admire how Drew constantly challenges herself as an artist. 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!” The movie is set to begin filming in Texas this summer.

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  1. G-man • January 17, 2008 @ 12:33 PM

    Wow…. looks like another bomb is about to drop. Stick to your day job Drew.

  2. Anonymous • January 17, 2008 @ 2:16 PM


  3. Karen • January 17, 2008 @ 3:12 PM

    Oh come on, give the kid a chance. She isn’t the only actor doing producing and now directing. Who says it won’t be good? At least she is branching out and doing what she wants. Why nay say that? At least she has the ball balls to try something new.

  4. NIKKI • January 17, 2008 @ 4:38 PM


  5. Arnold • January 17, 2008 @ 9:15 PM

    Just her family name “Barrymore”. Probably more than merits her the opportunity to do whatever she wants in film and acting.

    The American royal family of Cinema.
    Good Luck to her.

  6. Anonymous • January 17, 2008 @ 11:19 PM

    Whip it, whip it good.

    Skip it, skip it no good!!!!

  7. Anonymous • January 18, 2008 @ 12:58 PM

    I love how ppl criticize what they haven’t even seen, and yet most profess to being open minded….more like hypocritical.

    I have high hopes for this film, I like Drew Barrymore, and it will be nice to see Ellen Page act again.

  8. Anonymous • January 18, 2008 @ 4:41 PM

    Come one – it’s a movie about the roller derby. Wow, that should be real fun to watch!

  9. theoriginalme • January 20, 2008 @ 8:30 PM

    Drew has been working towards directing her whole life? Is this what she was working towards during her teens and early 20’s? Wow, Britney must be working towards being a rocket scientist!

  10. theoriginalme • January 20, 2008 @ 8:31 PM

    Just kidding (kind of) with that last comment.
    ELLEN PAGE!!! YOU GO GIRL!!! A good Nova Scotian on the big screen, I’ll be going to see that one for sure!

  11. Anonymous • January 23, 2008 @ 12:37 AM

    You’ll be back.

  12. Anonymous • July 31, 2008 @ 11:18 AM

    Drew Barrymore is amazing in everything she does. I am on a roller derby league and I can’t wait for this to come out!

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