It’s a slow news day and Fox Searchlight has sent us the poster for Whip It, the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore. Based on the book Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, the film stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, “an indie-rock loving misfit” who finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin Texas. Check out the poster after the jump.
Bliss tries out as Babe Ruthless for a team named the Hurl Scouts, where she hopes to skate alongside the likes of Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig) and Smashley Simpson (Drew Barrymore). The movie also features Marcia Gay Harden as Bliss’ disapproving mother, Jimmy Fallon who is a cheesy hungover announcer named Hot Tub Johnny, Zoe Bell (skate name: Bloody Holly), Eve, and Juliette Lewis (skate name: Iron Maven) play for the Hurl Scout’s rivals, the schoolgirl-themed Holy Rollers.
The film will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can check it out here. Fox Searchlight included a little note with their e-mail reminding journalists “that that there is no exclamation point (“!”) in the film’s title.”