Ellen Page, Liv Tyler to co-star in superhero film
Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Liv Tyler are set to star in “Super,” a comedy that takes aim at the superhero genre. James Gunn wrote and will direct, with production set for December.Pic will be produced by Ted Hope, through his Gotham-based This Is That banner. Wilson, who last worked with Page in “Juno,” plays an average guy who takes on the pseudo-superhero alter ego of the Crimson Bolt, after watching his wife (Tyler) fall under the spell of a charming drug dealer. Lacking super powers, he compensates by swinging a trusty wrench. Gunn scripted “Dawn of the Dead” and two “Scooby-Doo” films, and made his feature directing debut with the 2006 comic horror film “Slither.” The picture was packaged by UTA and HanWay Films is selling international territories. HanWay CEO Tim Haslam adds “Super” to a Toronto fest slate that includes the Paul Bettany-Jennifer Connelly starrer “Creation,” the Scott Hicks-directed “The Boys Are Back” with Clive Owen and the Michael Caine starrer “Harry Brown.” Hope is partnered in This Is That with Anne Carey. The company most recently produced the Greg Mottola-directed “Adventureland,” and are in production on the Anton Corbijn-directed untitled project about Italy, which stars George Clooney.