Ellen Page to Direct Anna Faris in “Miss Stevens”

Anna Faris is playing a teacher in "Miss Stevens." She probably won't be wearing dresses like this.

Deadline reports that Ellen Page will make her directorial debut with “Miss Stevens,” an original script written by Julia Hart. Anna Faris stars.

The Miss Stevens of the title is a teacher, played by Faris, whose life is a mess as she sets off with a group of her students to attend a weekend high school drama competition. Many lessons are learned by all as her students help her rediscover her own self-worth.

Good job by Page, who is a fine actress, but not always the most easily castable. She’s been working since she was a kid and should know her way around enough to be able to direct a movie. I feel confident she can do a solid, professional job; the real question is whether she can go above and beyond that. I hope so. She’s currently being seen in “The East” and Lynne Shelton’s “Touchy Feely,” which are both on the festival circuit. She’s returning to the X-Men world to play Kitty Pryde in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and then will star in the narrative version of the documentary “Freeheld.”

Faris co-stars in the romantic comedy “I Give It a Year,” which is set to debut in the UK todayand then play at SXSW. She does voice work in “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″ and is also set to star in “Mom,” a new sitcom for CBS.

 

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