Ellen Page to Star in ‘Queen & Country'; Interested in Kitty Pryde Solo Movie

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Ellen Page debuted as fan-favorite mutant Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand, but the lackluster X-Men trilogy finale didn’t exactly offer the character many chances to shine (beyond her showdown with The Juggernaut anyway). Page will reprise her superhero role onscreen next year in director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but it would seem that Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and not Kitty, is the one who ends up time-traveling to attempt and prevent an apocalyptic future brought on by Trask Industries’ Sentinel program (unlike in Chris Claremont’s famous source comic book).

The Juno and Inception actress is moving up to comic book movie headliner status in the upcoming graphic novel adaptation Queen & Country, which could serve as the first installment in a new spy-action franchise. However, that does not mean that Page intends to leave her days of passing through walls and floors behind her, as the startlet has admitted that she’s game for a Kitty Pryde solo movie/spinoff – on the (currently slim) chance that it ever comes to fruition, that is.

For those not familiar, Queen & Country is an American comic book created and written by Greg Rucka, who credits the 1970s British TV Series The Sandbaggers – revolving around several male and female Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) agents during the Cold War – as his inspiration. Rucka’s comic storyline is centered on the Brit agent Tara Chace, a SIS operative who works in the Special Operations Section (whose members are known as the Minders). Variety has the scoop that Page will play Chace in the film adaptation, with the story based around Chace’s attempts to stop an international terrorist plot “after her identity is compromised and as her personal demons spiral out of control.”

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Insiders are reporting that 20th Century Fox executives have long searched to find a franchise that Page can headline, since the actress has established a strong working relationship with the studio and its affiliate Fox Searchlight over the years (see: the X-Men movies, Juno, The East, etc.). Variety likens the situation to when Matt Damon boosted his career by starring in The Bourne Identity and launched the Bourne franchise, as Queen & Country is thought to have similar potential; that is, as a vehicle for Page to demonstrate her range as a lead actress in a tentpole film, seeing how the actresses best work to date has been on the indie circuit (see: Hard Candy, Super, To Rome with Love) and not in blockbuster fare.

Moving on: Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon has long spoken about his pipe dream of making a Kitty Pryde movie one day. When prompted during an interview with Vulture, Page made it clear that she would very much be interested in working alongside the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator (or any quality filmmaker for that matter) on such a superhero project:

“I have heard that, yeah! Well, I’m available! [Laughs.] I love that. Kitty Pryde’s awesome. I’m super grateful to be the actress who’s gotten to be her, and you only desperately hope that the true fans who have a right to demand what they want and who have been passionate about these stories for a really long time, that you can pull it off for them. I would be so thrilled to play Kitty Pryde again. I really would.”

Whedon’s run on the Astonishing X-Men comic book series heavily featured the Kitty Pryde character, but the filmmaker’s commitment as the architect for Marvel Studio’s shared cinematic universe – which includes him writing and directing Avengers: Age of Ultron for 2015 in addition to launching the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. later this month – means that a Kitty Pryde spinoff movie wouldn’t be in the cards for him even if there was any serious indication that Fox presently wants to make such an X-Men solo flick.

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Fox’s Marvel Cinematic Universe consultant, Mark Millar, has promised that Kitty Pryde fans won’t be disappointed by her role in Days of Future Past (despite the story changes from printed page to the big screen); meaning, if Page as Kitty makes a strong impression in the film, coupled with Queen & Country becoming a success, that could make it slightly more – emphasis on slightly (sorry to say) – plausible that a Kitty Pryde solo movie might in fact happen somewhere down the line (sometime after X-Force ushers in the new era of X-Men movies following on the heels of Days of Future Past).

The sour note in all this? Queen & Country is reportedly being scripted by John Rogers, who co-created the TV series Leverage in addition to having co-written the screen story for the first Transformers movie and contributed to the screenplays for the Hiliary Swank critical dud sci-fi flick The Core and Halle Berry’s critical bomb Catwoman. [UPDATE: Other reports indicated that Rogers and Rucka actually worked together on an early script draft for the Queen & Country movie, while the credit for the most recent draft belongs to Ryan Condal (cowriter of the upcoming Hercules graphic novel adaptation starring Dwayne Johnson).]


We’ll keep you updated on Queen & Country as more information is made available.

Source: Variety, Vulture

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  1. I hate to say it, I love X-Men…

    …but she’s the only one interested in a Kitty Pryde film.

    • Exactly.

      She is the only one who wants to see a Kitty Pryde movie.

      Not an interesting character and Ellen Page isn’t somebody who I care to see carry an entire movie.

  2. I love Ellen Page but there’s is no way in a million years that film is ever happening.

    • It’s clearly a response to a question that she’s been asked.

      What’s she supposed to say?


  4. Ellen Page playing Kitty Pryde along with her dragon Lockheed, written and directed by Joss Whedon. Bring Colossus over and this will be bigger than Twlight!

  5. so pleased with this new proyect for Ellen! really unexpected. Should be really interesting to see her as an spy/agent and hopefully having some badass action.

    About a Kitty movie…. no estudio has the balls to do again a female superhero yet. Maybe if this new proyect works for her, Fox will try to bring it, maybe even with Josh, but not right now, sadly.

  6. We’ll get a Jubilee movie before Kitty Pryde.

    • The Jubilee movie can take place on the 4th of July that way she actually be relevant.

  7. Sorry ellen you got robbed in the xmen but sony will never do a kitty pride movie .

    • I think you mean Fox will never do a Kitty Pryde movie. Sony doesn’t own the rights to the x-men, Fox does.

  8. “Mark Millar, has promised that Kitty Pryde fans won’t be disappointed by her role in Days of Future Past” LMFAO! Yeah, sure they won’t, since Wolverine has taken her role in the story and put himself in her spot light, how could they possibly even notice. Millar is a complete F’n Tool!

    • It’s ‘mental’ time travel – a person’s consciousness goes into their past self. Wolverine doesn’t age much, but in the time frame of Days of Future Past, she would be several years off being born. Makes sense in terms of logic and marketability (Wolverine being the most popular X-Men member)

      Hopefully, Millar’s comments mean that Kitty still gets a substantial role and doesn’t just hear her ex’s voice, go over to a lake and get reduced to a fine powder early on in the film.

  9. No other xmen character will ever get a chance to shine as long as they keep Hugh Jackman around. Which is lame IMO.

    One of the reasons Xmen first class was good was because it had younger actors… It was a team oriented movie. Seems like DOFP will be another wolvie saves the day flick.

    • please, dont say it again, each time I read someone saying something like that it hurt me

      as an XMen fan its something I try to forget often to enjoy the journey, but I come to reality and then I realize how it is, damm

    • You can’t really make an argument that First Class is superior cuz the actors are younger. Fassbender and Mcavoy are both in their mid-thirties dude. So was Jackman when they made the X-men trilogy. And on that note all X-men movies are team oriented. Are you comparing First Class to the wolvy spin-offs?

  10. What on earth would they call this movie? I can’t imagine this movie having a compelling title- “Hello Kitty!”

    • Use her X-Men handle, Shadowcat?

      I can’t see it coming to fruition though when there are other mutants who could have solo movies instead that are actually warranted.

      I’m sick of the complaints about Jackman though. Lets face it, he’s the reason most non-comic book readers go to the X-Men movies in much the same way that RDJ is the big draw for Marvel’s movies. If the studio uses that to their advantage by making Wolverine the focus and putting him front and centre then what’s the problem?

      It’s down to the writers to make a movie with a different leading character that audiences can enjoy as much as Wolverine before we get a movie with a different lead character.

    • They can call it, “Cat Woman Too”

  11. They’re having a hard enough time making great Wolverine stand alone films. I don’t think it would be any easier for other characters in the X-Men universe.

    • I’ve not seen the second W film, the first bored me so much that I’m still trying to recall what happened it in.

      They’re having troubles making stand alone films due to s***** writing and boring plots.

      I’d watch Ellen Page in pretty much anything that was well written.

      • Trust me, the first Wolverine solo outing was terrible and barely worth remembering but The Wolverine was fantastic. Probably the only decent X-Men movie I’ve seen so far.

  12. Send this straight to a tv special because a shawdow cat movie (kitty pryde)
    With just her in it will go down same route as electra and flounder. I hope they do it so fox can embarrass its version of marvel movies further…..

  13. I love Ellen Page, but I don’t see her as Tara Chace.

  14. Love Ellen Page and love Kitty Pryde, but Shadowcat in the X-men movies thus far sucks ass and I couldn’t be less interested in seeing a Shadowcat movie. The studios/scripts fault as opposed to Page/Pryde though

  15. This is great news! I can’t wait to see Ellen as Tara Chace, although I somehow imagined the character somewhat taller.