Having logged time with everyone from blockbuster filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and uh, Brett Ratner, to indie directors such as Jason Reitman and Zal Batmanglij, it looks like Ellen Page is taking a nod from “Whip It!” helmer Drew Barrymore, and taking a turn in the director’s chair.
Page is now slated to make her directorial debut “Miss Stevens,” and she has landed the potentially great, but consistently underutilized Anna Faris to star. Penned by Julia Hart, the film will follow a teacher (Faris) who chaperones a group of high school students to a drama competition. And as these things go along, she’ll try to put her own messy life back together. It all sounds like feel good stuff, but also like it could be another potential “Pitch Perfect” or “Bring It On” (though this sounds like it has a bit more of a dramatic edge to it). But either way, we’re rooting for Page and it’s always exciting to see folks of her talent stretch their wings.
But, we’ll have to wait. Page starts production soon on “X-Men Days Of Future Past” and will shoot the gay rights drama “Freeheld” right after, while Faris is (sadly) doing a Chuck Lorre CBS pilot. So “Miss Stevens” will be waiting a while to start. But it’s one we definitely hope doesn’t get stalled or put to the sidelines as Page and Faris clear their schedules. [Deadline]