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Ellen Page Wades ‘Into the Forest’ for Post-Apocalyptic Drama

Written by on January 10, 2013 

Nearly all Ellen Page-related news is good news, so park yourself here and take a quick respite from the horrors of our everyday world. The latest bit of casting stems from Jeff Sneider, who, last night, tweeted that the Canadian talent will take stock in another (relatively) high-concept project, though this one has less entries into the human mind. Hopefully some more Ken Watanabe.

Titled Into the Forest, it’s a post-apocalyptic (if you weren’t already so familiar with that subgenre) story following a pair of teenage sisters left to their own devices. The novel on which it’s based, as written by Jean Hegland, plays the Cormac McCarthy end-of-world game: you don’t really know what caused the destruction, but only that it’s here and causing an inconvenience. Already living in seclusion — “30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor” — the two girls, Neil and Eva, are in even greater trouble after their power resources drain.

What follows from there isn’t so much George Miller‘s Mad Max as it is Ingmar Bergman‘s Hour of the Wolf; these siblings have their own “arrival into adulthood [which] forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.” (It sounds as if the chance for a sense of atmosphere is both high and enticing.) As tired as we may be to see Ellen Page still getting teenage roles, particularly since she’s now 26, they could always conform Into the Forest‘s story to make a more proper fit. Heck, change “sister” to “husband,” and Sweden’s greatest director is an even more apt comparison. Don’t tell me you’d have a problem with that.

Does Page have a potentially strong project on her hands with Forest?

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