The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Ellen Page and Paris Berelc have signed up to star in video game comedy 1UP, with Kyle Newman set to direct.
The film focuses on a female gamer named Vivian Lee who quits her college eSports team rather than put up with sexism from her male counterparts. But with her scholarship on the line, she is forced to assemble a Varsity-caliber, all-women’s team that can compete with the boys. With the help of an enigmatic coach who returns to the spotlight after her own GamerGate scandal, the young woman recruits an unlikely crew of unskilled misfits to kick some serious gamer butt.
Paris Berelc (whose credits include Alexa & Katie and Hubie Halloween) will be playing the role of Vivian Lee, while Ellen Page (whose credits include The Umbrella Academy and Tales of The City) will be playing the role of the enigmatic coach.
Kyle Newman is attached to direct the first feature from BuzzFeed Studios, with their mission being to develop and produce what they see as socially relevant and high-concept feature films for global millennial and Gen Z audiences. The script was written by Julia Yorks. BuzzFeed’s Richard Alan Reid will be producing alongside Michael Philip and Jason Moring.
1UP is scheduled to commence production in Toronto next month.