FilmSchoolRejects talked to author Shauna Cross, whose book “Derby Girl” is being turned into a movie titled Whip It. Drew Barrymore is making her feature directorial debut on the pic, which is targeted for a March start. This is how the book is described:
Meet Bliss Cavendar, a blue haired, indie-rock loving misfit stuck in the tiny town of Bodeen, Texas.
Her pageant-addicted mother expects her to compete for the coveted Miss Blue Bonnet crown, but Bliss would rather feast on roaches than be subjected to such rhinestone tyranny.
Bliss’ escape? Take up Roller Derby.
When she discovers a league in nearby Austin, Bliss embarks on an epic journey full of hilarious tattooed girls, delicious boys in bands, and a few not-so-awesome realities even the most bad-assed derby chick has to learn.
So who is possibly in talks about playing Bliss? According to Cross it’s an actress whose name rhymes with “Shmellen Shmage.” She’s of course referring to Juno star Ellen Page.