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.