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Ellen Page Totally Down for a Joss Whedon Kitty Pryde Movie


There are considerable legal hurdles to getting the Avengers and the X-Men together on the big screen, but there’s no reason why we couldn’t some day see the director of The Avengers take a vacation from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to visit the X-Men, maybe even to showcase a character that he focused a significant amount of his comic work on. And that character’s actress, Ellen Page, is totally down with it.

Page (who also may be appearing in another comics adaptation soon) was interviewed by Vulture about her current work in the X-Men movies, and the future of Kitty Pryde. On revisiting the character after eight years (I feel old) and working with returning X-Men director Bryan Singer:

Maybe because the first one was so long ago, maybe because it was like an eight-year difference, but it didn’t feel like there needed to be an adjustment period. Bryan, I don’t know how he pulls off everything he does in a day, I really don’t! He is really great with actors and really wants the truth of the performance to exist, to sort of elevate that kind of a film, which I feel he did with the first two X-Men movies. He was sort of the first to take that kind of a spectacle of film and tell a deeply, deeply human story.

And on Joss Whedon‘s open declaration of wanting to do a Kitty Pryde movie?

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.

Ball’s in your court, 20th Century Fox. And don’t pretend you wouldn’t put “from the director of The Avengers” in all the advertising.

(You can read the whole interview with Page at Vulture.)

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  • http://blog.paulidin.com/ paulidin

    Okay, now this is just mean. This is something I’ve been wishing for ever since seeing one of the few great parts of X-Men 3: Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde! Promise us Lockheed and I will literally throw all my money in the right direction.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t be the only person who doesn’t like Ellen Page in general.

  • TKS

    I love Kitty Pryde. Like, currently my favorite superhero. I’m a little sad that she’s often just represented as “spunky youth” in cartoons and movies, rather than the deep, caring, intelligent person that she is.

    Whedon (at least partially) was inspired by Kitty Pryde when making Buffy. I would totally be down for seeing this movie.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, current live-vs-dislike says about 1-in-3 agree with you.

    I suppose that’s the same 1-in-3 that hates puppies and Christmas.

  • John W

    Just don’t forget Lockheed.

  • Sertrel

    As Professor Kitty Pryde in the current run of All New X-Men, she is amazing. I think the reason that she’s portrayed as “spunky youth” is because that’s how she was introduced, and her character arc is what has made her so good, growing into her current roles.

  • Ryan Colson

    ….isn’t Vin Diesel “unifying the Marvel brands” in his big Marvel role, you know, the one Groot is tiny prep work for? Pretty sure I read that recently…

  • TKS

    I like puppies at any other time of year. But Christmas? Can’t stand ‘em.

  • Millie Williams

    I would love to see a Kitty Pryde movie, LOVE for Joss Whedon to do it, and I would love to see someone else play her….someone unknown who shows a bit more of her spirit…Ellen Page is a decent actress, but she doesn’t match up well with this character.

  • totz the plaid

    I think it’s more likely they’d say “from the creator of “Firefly” and “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” because Fox could also turn that around to their own advantage with the DVDs if the movie does well.

    That’s just good business sense, I think.

  • Mark Brown

    Groot, Saviour of the Multiverse.

  • Important Film Maker

    If it was Buffy-to-Firefly era Whedon, I’d be down. Now? I know it’s sacrilege to say it, but Avengers was kind of the same as every other superhero film of the past 10 years… and Much Ado About Nothing wouldn’t have gotten the press it did if it didn’t have Whedon’s name attached. Seems like a nice guy, but for me he just doesn’t hold the creative spark he once had.

  • Anonymous

    I think I feel the same. Though I also blame Ratner’s directing, the awful script, and her FRICKIN’ IRRITATING BANGS GETTING IN HER FACE ALL THE TIME as reasons I just didn’t jive with her Kitty Pryde.

  • totz the plaid

    I wouldn’t watch a Joss Whedon Kitty Pryde move.

    Why not?

    He did his darndest to kill her in the comics, and he’d probably kill her again in the movie.

    If he promised not to kill anyone, then sure.

  • http://www.wulfmojo.com Wulfy

    Like we’d ever believe (or want) such a promise :P

  • totz the plaid

    You’d _want_ the possibility of him killing Kitty in the movie?

  • http://www.wulfmojo.com Wulfy

    I wouldn’t want to see her killed. But more significantly it should never be impossible for any character in any story to be killed, that’s just bad writing.

  • Ryan Colson
  • Adele K. Thomas

    Gawd no! Im sure she is a nice person but I find Ellen Paige so bland on screen, she is always the same and so boring as Kitty. Terrible casting from the start. This is one X-men movie I would not see and pretend it didn’t exsist. Im actually relieved they took the story away from Kitty and gave it to Logan for DOFP. Id rather see Jackman take the story lead than 1 dimensional Paige. Im not normally this mean but this really gets my goat up…and my gander!

  • Adele K. Thomas

    You’re not. I really dont like her as Kitty…or in any films.