Page, Cera plan on Mandate's 'Juno'

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Ellen Page and Michael Cera have signed on to star in "Juno," Mandate Pictures' coming-of-age comedy being helmed by Jason Reitman.

Page will play the title role, a quick-witted teenager who goes on a difficult, bizarre and humorous journey when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Cera is the loyal best friend and unexpected father responsible for her pregnancy.

Diablo Cody wrote the script.

The film is being produced by Mason Novick ("Red Eye") along with Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith and John Malkovich of Mr. Mudd Prods. ("The Libertine"). Mandate's Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane are executive producing with Dan Dubiecki, Reitman's partner at his shingle Hard C. Jim Miller, who brought the project to Mandate, will serve as co-producer and oversee on behalf of the company.

Production is expected to begin early next year. There is no distributor yet.

Page received raves for her breakthrough performance in "Hard Candy" and also appeared in "X-Men: The Last Stand" as Kitty Pryde. She next appears in "An American Crime" opposite Catherine Keener. Page is repped by WMA and Gary Goddard Agency.

Cera is best known for his role as George Michael Bluth in the Emmy-winning "Arrested Development." He next appears in Columbia's comedy feature "Super Bad." Cera is repped by Paradigm and Thruline Entertainment.
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