Ellen Page War Drama Finds Director (Exclusive)

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'Lioness' tells the true story of Lance Corporal Leslie Martz, a U.S. Marine who led the first Female Engagement Team in Afghanistan.

Cinematographer turned director Reed Morano has come aboard to helm Lioness, an indie war drama starring Ellen Page.

The move comes as Morano, who spent years as a director of photography on indies such as Frozen River, Kill Your Darlings and The Skeleton Twins, readies for the October release of her feature directorial debut Meadowland, which stars Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple and Luke Wilson.

Lioness tells the true story of Lance Corporal Leslie Martz (who will be portrayed by Page), a U.S. Marine who was stationed in Haditha, Iraq, and sent to Afghanistan as the leader of the first Female Engagement Team.  

Determined to serve her country with the same valor and impact as the men she marches alongside, Martz soon finds herself fighting a war beyond the takedown of key insurgents and the Taliban.

Rosalind Ross, one of the writers of the El Rey Network’s action series Matador, penned the script.

James Dahl (The End of the Tour) is producing via his Modern Man Films along with Picture Films’ Margot Hand, who is a producer on Meadowland as well. Alex Gayner is also a producer.

WME is handling domestic rights for the project, which is eyeing an April 2016 start.

Page’s latest film, the civil rights drama Freeheld, premiered at this year's Toronto Film Festival and opens in limited release on Oct. 2.

Cinedigm is taking a platform approach on Morano’s Meadowland, opening the film Oct. 16 in select theaters and expanding it Oct. 23 while also offering it on VOD.

Morano and Page are repped by WME.