Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: Wiki/Instagram/ElliotPage
Elliot Page has been replaced in upcoming Gamergate-inspired eSports movie 1Up by Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose.
The movie, which is currently in production in Toronto, is the first from a new partnership between BuzzFeed and Lionsgate.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Elliot has stepped away from the project which also features Hari Nef and Taylor Zakhar Perez.
“A rag-tag women’s team committed to taking down the boys”
Paris Berelc will star as Valerie Lee, who, according to filmmakers “quits her college esports team, fed up with gaslighting from her male counterparts, and quickly realizes that her decision comes at the cost of her scholarship. But, she discovers a loophole to save her collegiate future: if she can find a coach and assemble a whole new varsity-caliber team capable of reaching the State Finals. Valerie turns to her professor, Parker Nesby, and together with Valerie’s best friend and fellow gamer Sloane, they form and train a rag-tag women’s team committed to taking down the boys that tried to shut them out of gaming in the first place."
Ruby’s casting follows news of Elliot and wife Emma Portner filing for divorce last month.
Elliot came out as trans in a moving Instagram post last December, saying: “Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.
“I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community.”