Actress Ellen Page To Make Her Directorial Debut with 'Miss Stevens'
She's played a precocious pregnant teen in Juno, a legitimate superhero in X-Men 3, a wannabe superhero in Super, and a dream architect in Inception, but now Ellen Page is taking on her most challenging role yet: director. Deadline reports the 25-year-old actress is stepping behind the camera to make her directorial debut on a movie called Miss Stevens, and she's secured Scary Movie maven Anna Faris to play the title role. Julia Hart (The Keeping Room) wrote the screenplay, and the film will be produced by Gary Gilbert (Garden State) and Jordan Horowitz (The Kids Are All Right), so Page is in good very hands. Read on!
The story follows a young teacher (Faris) whose life is in total chaos as she chaperones a bunch of high school students on a weekend trip to a statewide drama competition. On the trip, she rediscovers her sense of self-worth through the admiration and humanity of her students. Whatever that means. There's no word on what kind of tone the project will have, but Faris has proven herself capable of both comedy and drama (although she's obviously better known for her comedic chops), so we're guessing she can take whatever Page and Hart dish out for her.
Page's filmography has been split pretty much down the middle between drama and comedy in her acting work so far, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of influences she brings behind the camera and if we notice any stylistic flairs that she might have picked up from people like Christopher Nolan, Woody Allen, Jason Reitman, James Gunn, or even Drew Barrymore. It's worth noting that her Inception co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt also made his directorial debut recently (his film Don Jon's Addiction bowed at Sundance last month), so it looks like Christopher Nolan could be inspiring young Hollywood in more ways than one.