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Not to be that guy or anything, but I think we all know that Film School Rejects has been covering Drew Barrymore’s upcoming directorial debut Whip It! since the very beginning. In fact, we were the ones who broke the story about Ellen Page playing the lead role all the way back in January of 2008. So today, as we now see that USA Today has released the film’s first batch of official photos, we are more than excited — we’re ready to whip it.

The film follows the story of Bliss Cavendar (Page), a 17-year-old Texan who hates the beauty pageants her mother forces her to participate in, and finds release for her secret aggressive side by joining the underground world of roller derby. There she joins up with a group of badass chicks known as the “Hurl Scouts,” who can be seen in the photo above.

Also included in the USA Today photo gallery are shots of some key cast members, including Juliette Lewis as Dinah Might, the leader of the rival team, the “Holy Rollers.”

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Next up is Ellen Page as Babe Ruthless, and Zoe Bell as Bloody Holly.

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And finally, a shot of director and star Drew Barrymore as Smashley Simpson.

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The film has a very cool look to it — very funky, undergroundy and angsty. We should expect no less, based on the awesome word from whence this story came. There is plenty of reason for excitement, as this film bodes a solid cast — including Kristen Wiig, whose character is called Maggie Mayhem — and the potential for some badass girl-on-girl action, battle royale style. Of course, the pace and energy of this film remains to me seen. Needless to say, we’re still on the edge of our seats, waiting for a trailer.

Whip It! is scheduled to hit theaters on October 9th, though it is likely that Fox Searchlight will take the film to the Toronto Film Festival in August. For more images, head over to USA Today.


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