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First time director Ellen Page snags Anna Faris for the Lead in Miss Stevens

Feb. 8, 2013by: Jesse Giroux
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It always interests me when an actor decides to try their hand at directing. Can you see how much the film has been influenced by the directors the actor has worked with in the past? How much did they learn from all the time spent on sets? It's usually us the audience that benefits considering the films that have come from actors turned directors like Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck.

You can add one more to the list. Deadline is reporting that Ellen Page will be making her directing debut with MISS STEVENS from a script by Julia Hart, and Anna Faris has signed on for the title role. MISS STEVENS is about "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."

I hate uplifting tales.

Seriously though, the plot may sound a little cheesy, but I think the finished project will have a bit more of a snap to it than the synopsis is letting on. It very easily could end up like a schmaltzy made for TV movie. Considering some of the directors Ellen Page has worked with though (especially Jason Reitman), you'd think the film would end up having a bit more wit and humor than the typical "inspirational" movie. And this could be a nice little role for Anna Faris to show off a bit more of her serious side.

Extra Tidbit: One actor I think could be a potentially great director: Leonardo DiCaprio. With the different directors he has worked with and his relationship with Martin Scorsese I think he could make one hell of a film. What actor do you think should try their hand at directing?
Source: Deadline

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10:07AM on 02/08/2013

EXTRA TIDBIT: Tom cruise,Leo,Matt damon,brad pitt

Among actor-turned Directors Mel Gibson and George clooney are my favourites.they are wonderful directors.funny that JGL and ellen page are turning into directors at very young age.wish them the best.what if one day they win oscar for Best direction? It will be shocking
Among actor-turned Directors Mel Gibson and George clooney are my favourites.they are wonderful directors.funny that JGL and ellen page are turning into directors at very young age.wish them the best.what if one day they win oscar for Best direction? It will be shocking
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9:50AM on 02/08/2013
This sounds pretty interesting. Although I disagree with your comment about Jason Reitman, which is his movies have come off as a TV movie? Anyways, interested to see Ellen Page take this step in her career and the plot seems a simple enough concept that she won't get overwhelmed with too much on her plate (i.e. set design, SFX, etc.)
And I'd definitely love to see Leo DiCaps take a stab at directing. That guy could probably make a great movie in any genre of film.
This sounds pretty interesting. Although I disagree with your comment about Jason Reitman, which is his movies have come off as a TV movie? Anyways, interested to see Ellen Page take this step in her career and the plot seems a simple enough concept that she won't get overwhelmed with too much on her plate (i.e. set design, SFX, etc.)
And I'd definitely love to see Leo DiCaps take a stab at directing. That guy could probably make a great movie in any genre of film.
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11:42AM on 02/08/2013
I think you misread the article. Look at that sentence again: "Considering some of the directors Ellen Page has worked with though (especially Jason Reitman), you'd think the film would end up having a bit more wit and humor than the typical "inspirational" movie." The writer is claiming that, even THOUGH the film sounds like a TV movie, her work with directors who have wit and humor will help her transcend the "inspirational" genre. Jason Reitman was named as an example of someone who
I think you misread the article. Look at that sentence again: "Considering some of the directors Ellen Page has worked with though (especially Jason Reitman), you'd think the film would end up having a bit more wit and humor than the typical "inspirational" movie." The writer is claiming that, even THOUGH the film sounds like a TV movie, her work with directors who have wit and humor will help her transcend the "inspirational" genre. Jason Reitman was named as an example of someone who creates movies with that wit and humor, not as one who makes "TV movies" as mentioned in the previous sentence.
8:55AM on 02/08/2013

I wouldn't mind seeing....

...Johnny Depp take his wacky self into a directors seat.
...Johnny Depp take his wacky self into a directors seat.
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8:39AM on 02/08/2013
I agree with Leo as a potential director, he'd make an extraordinary film. The fact that Ellen Page is directing has gotten me intrigued, to see how she does. She's fantastic.
I agree with Leo as a potential director, he'd make an extraordinary film. The fact that Ellen Page is directing has gotten me intrigued, to see how she does. She's fantastic.
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8:27AM on 02/08/2013
Ellen is a goddess. End of line.
Ellen is a goddess. End of line.
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