The first official photos from Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut project, ‘Whip It!’, uncover Barrymore, Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis in their roller derby characters.
USA Today has published the first set of photos from Fox Searchlight’s “Whip It!”. Providing a peek at how the cast will be seen in the movie, the pictures give out Drew Barrymore as Smashley Simpson, Ellen Page as Babe Ruthless, Kristen Wiig as Maggie Mayhem and Juliette Lewis as the villain Iron Maven.
Seven of the eight images expose captures from the new roller-derby comedy. Some of the photos display an individual shot of several cast members, while one is a group shot of the good team Hurl Scouts and another one sees few of the baddie team Holy Rollers. Aside from the seven pics, USA Today has also included one photo of Drew getting herself behind the camera and directing.
In the article accompanying the photos, the publication let out its interview with Drew who is making her directing debut through this project. “I’ve been putting everything into a piggy bank, whether it was working with a filmmaker or going to a museum or listening to a certain song,” she was quoted saying. “Everything I’ve learned throughout my whole life has been going into this piggy bank, and I just smashed it all over the floor for this one.”
“Whip It!” is an adaptation film based on Shauna Cross’ novel “Derby Girl”. It tells the story of Bliss Cavendar, a misfit 17-year-old girl who is often forced by her mother to enter beauty pageants. Rebelling from her mother’s will, she joins an underworld roller derby league under the name of Babe Ruthless and discovers her true self along the way.
Aside from Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis, the Fox Searchlight Pictures movie also sees Marcia Gay Harden and Zoe Bell among the cast ensemble. It will roll its way into U.S. theaters October 9.
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