BREAKING: After making her mark on features from Juno to Inception, Ellen Page will make her directing debut on Miss Stevens, and she’s got Anna Faris attached to play the title role. The film was written by Julia Hart (The Keeping Room) and will be produced by Gilbert Films (The Kids Are All Right) and Anonymous Content (Winter’s Bone). Gary Gilbert and Jordan Horowitz of Gilbert Films will produce with Doug Wald of Anonymous Content, and Nicole Romano and Trevor Adley of Anonymous Content will serve as Executive Producers.
Faris will play a teacher whose life is in disarray when she chaperones a group of high schoolers on a weekend trip to a state drama competition. There, through the admiration and humanity of her students, she rediscovers her own self-worth.
Page next stars in The East for Fox Searchlight, a film that premiered at Sundance. She begins production on X-Men: Days Of Future Past this spring and then films Freeheld, a Ron Nyswaner-scripted adaptation of the Oscar-winning documentary short. She’s also part of the ensemble of Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, which also premiered at Sundance.
Faris will be starring in mega-producer Chuck Lorre’s new television pilot Mom for CBS and reprises in the sequel to Sony’s hit Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, opposite Bill Hader. Her film I Give It A Year, in which she stars with Rose Byrne, will have its US Premiere at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival.
Hart is currently adapting Beautiful Disaster for Donald Deline and Warner Brothers. Her 2012 Black List script The Keeping Room, to be directed by Daniel Barber (Harry Brown), will begin production in the spring.