January 16, 2008 / 10:09 AM / 11 years ago

"Juno" actress to star in Barrymore directing bow

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - “Juno” actress Ellen Page will star in “Whip It!” which marks Drew Barrymore’s directing debut, Daily Variety reported on Wednesday.

Canadian actress Ellen Page attends a news conference presenting her film "Juno" at the Rome International Film Festival October 26, 2007. Picture taken October 26, 2007. Page will star in "Whip It!" which marks Drew Barrymore's directing debut, Daily Variety reported on Wednesday. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Page, 20, will play a Texas teen who is always being pushed into entering beauty pageants. But she winds up finding herself after joining a roller derby team, the trade paper said.

“I can’t wait to kick ass on wheels!” the Canadian actress was quoted as saying in a statement.

The $10 million film, set up at independent financier Mandate Pictures, is slated to begin shooting in the summer. Page is likely to schedule another project beforehand, Daily Variety said.

Page is winning commercial and critical acclaim for her title role as a wisecracking pregnant teen in “Juno,” which has earned about $72 million at the North American box office. The comedy, also financed by Mandate, is expected to pick up some Oscar nominations when contenders for Hollywood’s top awards are announced on Tuesday.

Reporting by Dean Goodman

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