…the camera. USA Today just premiered the first publicity stills from Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It, based on the book Derby Girl. She’ll also act in the film, playing Smashley Simpson, alongside Kristen Wiig as Maggie Mayhem, Death Proof‘s Zoe Bell as Bloody Holly, Juliette Lewis as Iron Maven, Eve, and Ellen Page.
Page plays a 17-year-old Texas girl named Bliss Cavendar, who hates the beauty pageants her mother (Marcia Gay Harden) makes her compete in and finds a release for her secret aggressive side by joining the underground world of roller derby.
“Everything I’ve learned throughout my whole life, whether it was going to a museum or listening to a certain song, has been going into this piggy bank, and I just smashed it all over the floor for this one,” Barrymore says. [more pics available at USA Today]
Look, I’ll freely admit that 85% of the reason I hate Drew Barrymore is that her speech impediment weirds me out, but I’ll still bet most of my bank account that Drew’s idea of girl power and rebellion is gonna be a lot like an Avril Lavigne song. She’s just a sk8r gurl, she said see ya l8r gurrl….