Ellen Page, 27, is in talks to play Judith Jacklin in Steve Conrad‘s as-of-yet-untitled John Belushi biopic, according to a report by The Wrap.
Based on Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby’s book “Belushi,” the indie is set to chronicle the late comedian’s life and rise to fame in television’s “Saturday Night Live” and in films, such as “Animal House” and “1941.” Jacklin (now known as Judy Belushi Pisano) is serving as one of the producers for the film and was Belushi’s high school sweetheart-turned-wife. Emille Hirsch will play Belushi, while Miles Teller will take on the role of his best friend and fellow comedian Dan Akroyd (who is also an executive producer for the film). Production is slated to start later this year year in New York.
Best known for films like “Juno” and “X-Men: The Last Stand,” Page first emerged as a indie starlet with acclaimed performances in David Slade’s “Hard Candy,” Bruce McDonald’s “The Tracey Fragments,” and Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s “Marion Bridge.” Since the success of her Oscar-nominated turn in “Juno,” she nabbed roles in Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” Drew Barrymore’s “Whip It,” and Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love.” Her upcoming roles include playing a British spy in Craig Viveiros’s “Queen and Country,” the partner of a terminally-ill police woman in Peter Sollett’s “Freeheld,” and once again as Kitty Pryde in Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”