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Ellen Page to play lesbian marine in Iraq war drama

Ellen Page to play lesbian marine in Iraq war drama

Ellen Page.

Openly gay actress Ellen Page has signed on to play a lesbian marine in indie Iraq war drama Lioness.

The film tells the real-life story of Lance Corporal Leslie Martz, a US Marine who was stationed in Haditha, Iraq.

The solider was also sent to Afghanistan as the leader of a female engagement team, and tasked with gaining the trust of the local women while also secretly extracting information about their Taliban husbands.

Martz, who now lives in San Diego, was also waging a war on a personal front.

She was hiding the fact that was she was a lesbian when it was still illegal to be gay in the military. And she was torn between the desire to prove herself to her superiors and the allegiance she developed toward the women.

The script was written by Rosalind Ross. A director has not yet been named.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the film project.