Ellen Page to feature in Afghan war drama

Los Angeles, July 8 (IANS) Actress Ellen Page will star in “Lioness”, an indie drama being developed and packaged by James Dahl, one of the producers of James Ponsoldt’s upcoming “The End of the Tour”.
The script tells of the true story of Lance Corporal Leslie Martz, a US Marine who was stationed in Afghanistan. However, no director is attached with the film at this stage, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

Martz was sent to Afghanistan as a leader of a Female Engagement Team and tasked with the dual mandate of gaining the trust of Afghan women by equipping them with necessary skills for independence, but also secretly extracting information from them about their Taliban husbands.

The soldier, who now lives in San Diego, was also waging a personal war on several fronts. She was hiding the fact that she was a gay woman in the military, and on top of that found herself torn between the desire to prove herself and her superiors and the allegiance she developed toward the women and children whose strength and courage she grew to admire.

Rosalind Ross, one of the writers of the El Rey Network’s action series “Matador”, penned the script. She will also be a producer.

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