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First Look: Ellen Page as Babe Ruthless in Drew Barrymore's Whip It!

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July 8, 2009
Source: USA Today

Whip It! First Look

I'm not trying to over-hype this, the title is actually Whip It! with the excalamation point, just like Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!. Our friends at USA Today have debuted a very badass batch of photos from Whip It!, the roller derby movie starring Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Wiig, and Zoe Bell that is directed by Barrymore as well. I've been waiting to see something from this! "Ellen Page plays a 17-year-old Texas girl named Bliss Cavendar, who hates the beauty pageants her mother makes her compete in and finds a release for her secret aggressive side by joining the underground world of roller derby."

"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," Barrymore explains about her experiences starring in movies like E.T. and producing other movies before making her directorial debut on Whip It!. Take a look at the gallery below and click any of them to see more photos. First up, the girls from the good team aka the "Hurl Scouts."

Whip It! Photos

Juliette Lewis, whose nickname is Dinah Might, as the leader of the rival team aka the "Holy Rollers."

Whip It! Photos

On the left, Ellen Page as Babe Ruthless. On the right, badass stuntwoman Zoe Bell as Bloody Holly.

Whip It! Photos

And lastly, Drew Barrymore as Smashley Simpson, who I assume is the leader of the Hurl Scouts team.

Whip It! Photos

"You leave behind whatever sweet librarian you are in the day," screenwriter Shauna Cross explains about choosing skater names. "It's kind of like being a superhero. You get a new name, and then you get to be a whole different person. Clark Kent can't run around saving people in a cape. It's got to be Superman." I love the badass attitude even the screenwriter has. Kristen Wiig's character's nickname is Maggie Mayhem.

As for the title of this movie, no it's not a reference to that Devo song, it's actually a tactical roller derby move. "Whip It actually refers to a teammate move, grabbing someone by the arm and swinging her around the bend in the track to maximize speed and break ahead of the pack. It's also something that's a little aggressive and sounds painful, but is pretty fun," Cross says. "It's not a Devo musical biopic on skates. Though that would be a genius movie." I'm not sure I'd agree. Fox Searchlight will be bringing us Drew Barrymore's Whip It! on October 9th this fall. We expect this to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

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  • J.White
    Scary... Might as well be a horror.
  • mike
    those adverts you can't escape when you click on the pics are bullshit. Don't sell out like that Firstshowing.
  • Roller Derby is like a fetish. Girls in roller skates with stripey socks will tick many boxes for many people. No giant robots though so maybe there'll be a few 'no boners'.
  • Oh yeah, I'm with Mike, the USA Today ads made we want to punch the internet.
  • Yea I was going to say #2, those aren't my ads, they're USA Today's!
  • Brian Barajas
    ellen page and drew barrymore dont exactly look very comftorable on skates......
  • Steve Kain
    Who the Efff fitted those helmets! I guess the movie was done pre 4.0...
  • dexter
    Can't wait for the full trailer. When is it coming out?
  • Bee
    I'm surprised at the size of their blockers... way too small... guess that's hollywood for ya!
  • max
    The first pic is an obvious dub of faces put into helmets. Wonder if the bods are actually the actresses?
  • Justice
    Since when does a jammer line up with the pack of blockers (middle picture)? haha. I hate Drew Berrymore, but Roller Derby is the best! I hppe this movie portrays the truth of the sport. Although... right off the bat... 17 year olds are not likely able to play, unless they are on a JR team.
  • Very exciting! Can't wait to see it with my teammates!!
  • Bernhard
    Those silly helmets are absolutely terrible. Sorry to say, but the girls all look awful! And what a terrible photoshop job in the first image.
  • If there was one film I could be in, it would be this one! I can't wait to see this with my dames! I'm trembling in my Torqs with excitement! Bring on the derby carnage baby! Sin xxx
  • you can see the helmets were stuffed so they sit higher and you can see more of the face. HELOO-O this is HOLLYWOOD!!! Look out for realism elsewhere... if it makes more people go to see a bout and find out what it's really about it is great. I only hope it also comes out in theatres in Europe.. I just believe it will only come out on DVD since no one over here knows jack about this sport...
  • Victoria Cross
    I can't wait to see Roller Derby on the big screen! I'm sure Drew Barymore is going to have made a great job of this film and the casting looks perfect :)
  • If you want the stranger than fiction back-story of how roller derby was resurrected and has exploded in popularity across the globe, then check out the critically acclaimed documentary HELL ON WHEELS. The DVD came out earlier this year.
  • fucking epic
  • Boxy
    So where are their mouthguards? And yeah, who the hell "fitted" those helmets? Not to mention that the hair is waaaaaaayyyy too pretty for derby!! But, it's a start to get us across to the straights. Later, Boxy, The Box Officer MRD
  • dan
    i'm sorry, but that shot of ellen skating towards the camera makes me want to never come to this site again. lmao horrible and totally not badass. just creepy with a splash of "what the fuck is that???"
  • Skatrix
    Don't seem to see any pivot helmet panties....?
  • Tallulah Trash
    Amazing! this is the kind of commercial recognition that Roller Derby needs, so what the blockers arent realistic- it is Hollywood after all!! And uh Juliette Lewis, Drew Barrymore- phwoar!!! xx
  • being a huge fan of local roller all-girl flat-track roller derby... this scares the piss out of me it could either be good, and shed new light on an amazingly proud underground passtime or god aweful, and give it yet another reason to be as underground as it is http://www.myspace.com/mollyrogerrollergirls
  • Lisa
    RE: #9 - I've been to a lot of flat track games and the blockers are all shapes and sizes. Yes, usually the teams have one or two girls who are built like brick shit-houses, as the express goes, but there are some smaller girls too. I'm looking forward to the movie - I'm a major derby girl.

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