Ellen Page in Talks to Play John Belushi's Wife Opposite Emile Hirsch (Exclusive)

Ellen Page in Talks to Play John Belushi's Wife Opposite Emile Hirsch (Exclusive)

It's the first movie the Oscar-nominated “Juno” star is signing onto since she came out in February

In what would be her first new role since coming out as a lesbian last month, Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page is in talks to play John Belushi's wife, Judith Jacklin, opposite Emile Hirsch in Steve Conrad's upcoming biopic, TheWrap has learned.

Jacklin was Belushi's loving high school girlfriend who eventually married the comedian and was left devastated by his death. She is now known as Judy Belushi Pisano, who is producing the movie with Emjag's Alexandra Milchan and Bonnie Timmermann, as well as Film 360's Scott Lambert.

Also read: Ellen Page Says She's Gay on Valentine's Day: ‘I Am Tired of Hiding’ (Video)

Conrad (“The Promotion”) will direct from his own screenplay, which is based on the book “Belushi” by Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.

The indie drama will explore Belushi's rise to fame in the late '70s, from “Saturday Night Live” to his starring turns in “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers.” Belushi died of a fatal drug overdose at age 33 at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

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Dan Aykroyd, one of the movie's main characters who was one of Belushi's best friends and close collaborators, is executive producing the film, which is expected to start production later this year in New York.

“Belushi” is the first new project Page has been linked to since she courageously revealed that she's gay on Valentine's Day. While Page's deal isn't closed, her casting as Hirsch's love interest would send a strong message that Hollywood is confident audiences will believe her as a straight romantic lead, and that an actor's talent is what matters, not their sexuality.

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Page's feature career is as strong as it has ever been. She'll soon be seen in Bryan Singer's sequel “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and her spy movie “Queen & Country” recently snagged a director in Craig Viveiros. 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment are backing the adaptation of Oni Press’ comic book series, which follows a British agent who goes on the run from her own people as she tries to bring down a terrorist on English soil.

Page, who is also set to star alongside Julianne Moore in the gay rights drama “Freeheld” as well as topline Patricia Rozema's indie movie “Into the Forest,” is repped by WME, Vie Entertainment and attorney Kevin Yorn.

  • Josh

    Is Miles Teller still doing this?

    • Jacquie

      Apparently not.

      • Jennifer Bridgett Fumero

        He is Playing Dan Aykroyd

  • Trusay

    Is the part about her sexuality really relevant to the article? Poor ‘journalism’

    • Jeff Sneider

      I'd like to respond to this. Going forward, this reporter does not plan to include Page's sexuality in any casting stories, as it will likely be irrelevant to the news at hand (unless it's a gay role or gay-themed film, in which it would probably be appropriate). I will also be mindful of the related links that I have control over. However, since this is the first project Page has been linked to since she came out (bravely, I might add), it would be disingenuous to ignore that in this story and pretend like it didn't happen last month, or sweep it under the rug. Sexuality is nothing to be embarrassed about, and given Page's decision to go public last month, I doubt she's upset or even surprised that hers was included in this article, as it is she first time she has been in the immediate entertainment news since Valentine's Day – a day when many people may have been too busy to notice her act of courage. There was absolutely no malicious intent, as I fully support, respect & admire Ms. Page as both an artist and a fellow human being. I hope the story above doesn't give you the wrong impression. And feel free to email me – jeff@thewrap.com – if it does. Thank you for taking the time to read the story and prompting this response, for it is a question worth taking the time to answer.

      • Jeff Levine

        You're defending yourself from an imaginary attack about something no one even mentioned. Weird. All Trusay said was that the way you mentioned Ms. Page's sexuality is lousy journalism and that's right. It would be better if you'd leave that sort of thing to the links instead of burying the lead. Make it the last sentence, not the first.