It’s been a few years since Ellen Page starred in anything remotely resembling an action movie. The X-Men films, Inception, and Super are the closest she’s come to being a badass, and even in those movies, she’s been mostly relegated to playing a side character, an exposition machine, and an overly-enthusiastic goofball. But now it looks like she’ll get a chance to lead a straight-up action film based on a comic book.
Heat Vision is reporting that Page has scored the lead role of Tara Chace in Queen & Country, a film adaptation of Greg Rucka’s comic series which ran from 2001 to 2007. The story follows a young operative in the Special Operations Section of the British SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) whose identity is compromised after she carries out an assassination. The comic eschews the more stylized nature of similar spy stories and instead offers a more realistic depiction of what it’s like to be an agent, balancing dangerous missions with bureaucratic and political elements. The film will presumably take a similar approach.
Rucka has only written one screenplay (for the forgettable Kate Beckinsale thriller Whiteout, based on his own comic), but he’s one of the comic industry’s key players, having written for Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman on the DC side and Wolverine and The Punisher for Marvel (among many, many other titles). He actually tried to adapt Queen & Country into a screenplay once before, and John Rogers (who wrote the abysmal Catwoman) took a pass at it as well before 20th Century Fox settled on a draft by Ryan Condal, who also wrote the upcoming Dwayne Johnson film Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
Page doesn’t strike me as someone with the traditional physicality to pull off a secret agent role – at least not compared to the uber-skinny Zoe Saldana in Colombiana or the bulkier Gina Carano in Haywire – but there’s no denying she’s feisty, and maybe she’ll bring a level of unpredictability to the part. The thing I’m actually most worried about is seeing if she can pull off a British accent. I wonder if the producers went after a native Brit like Felicity Jones first…
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