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Reed Morano to Direct ‘Lioness,’ Starring Ellen Page as Closeted Lesbian Soldier

Reed Morano to Direct 'Lioness,' Starring Ellen Page as Closeted Lesbian Soldier

One of the most promising women-in-war films has found its director. 

Reed Morano, the acclaimed DP and director of the upcoming parental grief drama “Meadowland,” will helm “Lionness,” about the Marine who led the first Female Engagement Team in Afghanistan. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lance Corporal Leslie 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.” 

At the same time, Martz was trying to keep a secret of her own: her sexual orientation. The high-stakes mission was further complicated by the fact that Martz formed strong bonds with the women and children she was under orders to spy on and betray. 

If you’re having trouble imagining the famously tiny Page playing a soldier in the armed forces, check out 2005’s “Hard Candy” — you’ll definitely change your mind. Suffice it to say, Page can convincingly intimidate anyone and won’t have any problems stepping into a Marine’s boots. 

Rosalind Ross (“Matador”) wrote the script. Shooting is scheduled to begin early next year.

Page will appear next alongside Julianne Moore in “Freeheld,” which opens October 2. 

“Meadowland” opens in theaters and on VOD October 23.

Below is the trailer for the documentary short “Lioness,” which seems to be the inspiration for Page and Morano’s war drama. 

[via THR]

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