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Reed Morano To Direct Ellen Page In Lesbian U.S. Marine In Iraq War Drama ‘Lioness’

Reed Morano To Direct Ellen Page In Lesbian U.S. Marine In Iraq War Drama 'Lioness'

A month or so ago it was announced that Ellen Page was attached to star in “Lioness,” a film detailing Lance Corporal Leslie Martz’s time as leader of the first Female Engagement Team in Afghanistan (she also just so happened to be gay).  Martz was “tasked with the dual mandate of gaining the trust of Afghan women by equipping them with necessary skills for independence but also secretly extracting information from them about their Taliban husbands.” 

And now the film has a director, and it’s a very intriguing choice. Reed Morano, whose work as a cinematographer you have very likely seen in films like “Frozen River,” “Kill Your Darlings” and “The Skeleton Twins” (not to mention many episodes of “Looking”), will helm the film. It follows her directorial debut “Meadowland,” which hits theaters next month.

Rosalind Ross, one of the writers of the El Rey Network series “Matador,” wrote the script, making this a refreshingly all-female affair (unlike Page’s last film where she played a lesbian character — “Freeheld”). 

The film is eyeing an April 2016 start.

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