Bryce Dallas Howard Prepping Directorial Debut with THE ORIGINALS

     March 1, 2011

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Following in the footsteps of your dad is not such a bad idea when your father is Ron Howard. Bryce Dallas Howard, who burst onto the scene in M. Night Shyamalan’s ultra polarizing The Village, will be stepping behind the camera soon for her first feature. Showbiz411 caught up with the actress during the busy Oscar weekend and got the first details of the film. Titled The Originals, Bryce will be looking to cast stars her own age and described it as, “a Breakfast Club for my generation.” Hit the jump for whom she has in mind to star and more details on the film.

While The Originals was initially rumored to have Ron on board to direct, that is clearly no longer the case. The film will see Bryce teaming up with her writing partner, Dane Charbonneau, who previously worked with her on her short film Orchids. Whom might she cast? “So far, I wrote a part for Zoe Saldana,” Bryce told Showbiz 411. “But there are so many good choices out there.” The story is said to revolve around a group of 20-year-olds who meet in New York upon learning that their former teacher has lapsed into a mysterious coma.

Imagine Entertainment and Universal will distribute the film, which was picked up way back in mid-2009. However, the actress, who turns 30 next week, shows no signs of forgoing her career in front of the camera. Bryce will next be seen in The Help, which debuts this August.  Also on the horizon is the cancer comedy 50/50, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anna Kendrick.

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