The Ballad of Bettie Page: Killer Films is currently in pre-production on the feature film THE BALLAD OF BETTIE PAGE, starring Gretchen Mol ("Rounders") in the title role, it was announced today by Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, co-presidents, Killer Films. The most successful pin-up model of the 1950s, Page's legendary bondage photographs made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and turned her into one of the first American sex icons. The film is directed by Mary Harron ("I Shot Andy Warhol") from a script by Harron and Guinivere Turner ("American Psycho"). The executive producers are Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, and the producer is Lori Keith Douglas.
The cast also includes Lili Taylor ("Casa de los babys"), David Strathairn ("Twisted"), Jonathan M. Woodward ("Pipe Dream"), Cara Seymour ("Gangs of New York"), Tara Subkoff ("The Cell") and Kevin Carroll ("The Secret Lives of Dentists").
Gretchen Mol recently appeared as Jenny in Neil LaBute's film "The Shape of Things," with Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz. All three actors previously originated the same roles in LaBute's play in London, which they reprised for the New York stage. Her other feature film credits include "Rounders," opposite Matt Damon and Edward Norton, plus Woody Allen's "Celebrity," "The Thirteenth Floor," "Music From Another Room," opposite Jude Law, and "Just Looking," directed by Jason Alexander. She also appeared in A&E's "The Magnificent Ambersons" with Madeline Stowe and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Mol recently wrapped a run on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical "Chicago."
Mary Harron's credits include "American Psycho," which starred Christian Bale, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Justin Theroux, Reese Witherspoon, Willem Dafoe and Chloe Sevigny. She made her feature film writing and directing debut with "I Shot Andy Warhol," which was released in 1996 and starred Lili Taylor, Jared Harris and Martha Plimpton. Harron's TV directing credits include HBO's "Oz," "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "The L Word."