Alison Pill Replacing Ellen Page in Werewolf Film 'Jack and Diane'
I know what you're thinking - a werewolf film?! Yes indeed, but it's even more than that. Jack and Diane has been "in the works" for a long, long time. Back in 2007, SlashFilm and I both wrote big articles about it because it needed extra financing to get off the ground and into production. At that time, it was set to star former Juno actresses Ellen Page and Olivia Thirlby. Unfortunately it never went into production, and we've been waiting for an update on it ever since. However, Brendon Connelly of SlashFilm recently discovered that the official website now lists Milk and Scott Pilgrim star Alison Pill in the cast in place of Ellen Page.
Jack and Diane can be described as a "lesbian werewolf movie," although it's much more of a relationship drama. Here's the full synopsis from IMDb: "Jack and Diane, two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane's charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack's tough skinned heart. But, when Jack discovers that Diane is leaving the country in a week she tries to push her away. Diane must struggle to keep their love alive while hiding the secret that her newly awakened sexual desire is giving her werewolf-like visions." Sounds pretty damn interesting, right? That's why we've been pulling for it.
In 2007, Thirlby explained that, "we're having a little trouble getting money because people don't quite understand," or rather that "people are just intimidated by the subject matter." I can certainly understand that, which is why this is independent and they need a financier who really gets the concept. I'm not sure when the switch between Page and Pill was made, but it's an interesting one, considering Page's recognition has been increasing, so maybe her cost started going up, too? While I do think Alison Pill is a great actress, she just doesn't have the spark and beauty that Page does. But if this helps it get made, then I'm all for it.
We'll certainly keep you updated on the project. Maybe this switch is a sign that it might start shooting soon? Ellen Page is currently working with Christopher Nolan on Inception and is probably busy until the end of the year - so maybe they needed to find a replacement to shoot it right away? As far as I know, Olivia Thirlby isn't shooting anything at the moment either. I'll see if I can find anything out, but in the meantime, I'm curious to know how many readers are even interested in hearing more about this indie project anyway?
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
Alison Pill is amazing and can do anything that Ellen Page can do, she just hasnt hit the teen market yet (well, until Scott Pilgrim comes out anyway). Pill has at least another month left on Scott Pilgrim so I guess the film wont start shooting too soon. But yeah, more Pill, more fun!
Marcus on Aug 15, 2009
Atleast she kind of looks like ellen page. I heard about this right after jUNO Came out so its good to hear there's interest in it still.
erik on Aug 15, 2009
As long as Olivia Thrilby is still involved, I'm still in. I've been waiting literal years for this film, I really hope it gets going soon.
Dan on Aug 15, 2009
It's the lesbian from Milk.
NarniaLover on Aug 15, 2009
Sound's like great Ginger snaps trilogy. There wasalso littlelesbian vibe if I'm not mistaken (I seen it long time ago).
xMort on Aug 16, 2009
Man she looks weird. lol
Movie Fan on Aug 16, 2009
I don't think it's so much that "people are just intimidated by the subject matter" as much as that this sounds like the story for a really cheap porn.
S on Aug 16, 2009
I'm not intimidated by what it's about, it just doesn't sound that good to me. *shrug*
Sabes on Aug 16, 2009
looks just like her lol - Jake Yenor
Jake Yenor on Aug 17, 2009
Its awesome because she looks just like her and likes to show her boobs, which are really nice btw.
Richard on Aug 17, 2009
Ha, love the comments so far. Anyway.. I definitely remember hearing about this a LONG time ago and was very excited about it and then very disappointed when I heard it wasn't going to be made. The storyline seems a bit far fetched but quite interesting as well. As much as I would love Page to be a part of it, Pill is also good in my book, so go for it! Honestly, two beautiful women would be great no matter if the story is lacking or not. That's one reason I wanted Page because I'm quite sure she's a lesbian anyway, so it would make it a little more realistic.
xCloudbox on Aug 17, 2009
Werewolf, lesbians and ellen page sound like my kind on movie, I been following thhis proses since 2008, so, yes, Im a little desapointment that ellen page is no longer in this proyect, I confess I dont know whos allison pill, so lets not loose hope just yet =)
victoria on Jan 16, 2010
Sorry, no commenting is allowed at this time.