Drew Barrymore to play Greenpeace activist
Actress excited to start work on 'Whales'.
Fri, Aug 20 2010 at 2:26 PM
For her next role, Drew Barrymore is headed north to Alaska to help recreate a dramatic 1988 rescue of three trapped California grey whales.
The movie, titled "Whales" (previously "Everybody Loves Whales") will feature the actress as a Greenpeace activist working with both the Soviet and United States governments, eco-activists, oil executives, and others to help free the massive mammals trapped under ice.
According to Ecorazzi
, a Soviet icebreaker ended up saving the day -- with the incident helping to trigger a ‘Cold War thaw’ between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Regan.
For her part, Barrymore is intending to completely immerse herself in the role. "It’s a really really amazing story and I’m really excited about going to do it," she told MTV News
. "I’m going to pour myself into it."
The movie is based on the 1989 book "Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World's Greatest Non-Event" by author Tom Rose. The film will also feature "The Office" star John Krasinski and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall's" Kristen Bell. It's slated for a 2012 release.
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