'Queen & Country' Creator Greg Rucka Offers Comments On Ellen Page Casting


Yesterday we learned that Ellen Page ("Juno," "Inception") was in talks to take on the lead role in the forthcoming "Queen & Country" adaptation.

So when we tracked down series creator Greg Rucka about the announcement, happily he had nothing but praise for the actress who would be taking over the role of the tough-as-nails British spy.

"It's great news," Rucka told me, adding "She's an absolutely tremendous actress... Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, I have incredible faith in them." He's talking about the film's two producers, with Rucka telling me that Topping has been chasing "Queen & Country" as a project since the book made its debut back in 2001 at Oni.

"Queen & Country" focuses on Chace, a British secret agent whose mission to stop a terrorist organization is compromised when her cover is blown and her personal crises come crashing down on her all at once. The project's been in some form of development for years at Fox, most recently with a script by John Rogers (TNT's "Leverage").

Rucka says that he'd learned that Page was in negotiations for the part when everyone else did. When I brought up the physicality of the role, and what Rucka's thoughts were on the petite Page being able to take on the part, Rucka waved concerns on that front away. "These are professionals--their job is to play the part. Ellen has proven her ability again and again to play the part." He goes on to say that casting based on a performer's physical match (or lack thereof) with a comic character is shortsighted, and that these are things that can easily be shot around.

Plus, he doesn't want fans to go in expecting "Queen & Country" the movie to be a 1:1 match with "Queen & Country" the comic--each is its own thing. But he has faith in the script, having read Rogers' most recent draft. "To this day, it's one of the best scripts I've ever read--ever. If that's the kind of thing they're going for, and Ellen Page is Tara Chace, she'll manage, don't worry."

Page will be in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" at Fox next year and on October 8, you can catch her in the PS3 game "Beyond: Two Souls" as psychic heroine Jodie.

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