Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Barrymore rolls into town for new film

Tom Long / Detroit News Film Critic - July 1, 2008

One of Charlie's Angels is coming to Michigan. And she's bringing Juno with her.

Actress Drew Barrymore is set to begin shooting the roller derby film "Whip It," starring Ellen Page, in southeast Michigan later this month. Barrymore is both appearing in and directing the film, in which Page plays a rebellious daughter who becomes a roller-skating dervish.

Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, has established an office in the town of Saline, just outside Ann Arbor. Shooting in Washtenaw County and Metro Detroit will begin July 28, according to producer Chris Miller, and shooting will last for about seven weeks. The producers expect to hire some 3,000 local extras and stand-ins during that time.


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