In the acting business since the age of 10, Ellen Page (Inception) will make her directorial debut with Miss Stevens. Written by Julia Hart (The Keeping Room), Miss Stevens will star Anna Faris (The House Bunny) in the title role. The picture centers on the titular drama teacher whose life has hit a bit of a rough patch, but who rediscovers her self worth while chaperoning a group of high school students over a weekend trip to the state drama competition. Hit the jump for more.
A trio of talented actresses has been set for the period drama The Keeping Room. It was announced today that Olivia Wilde, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Nicole Beharie (Shame) will lead the film, which takes place towards the end of the Civil War and centers on three southern women—two sisters and one African American slave—who are forced to defend their home against an onslaught of soldiers who have broken off from the approaching Union Army. Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) will direct from a script by Julia Hart.
It’s pretty great to see a period film dealing with this heady subject matter being fronted by three strong female actresses, and I’m excited to see how the full film plays out. Wilde has become increasingly prolific as of late, Steinfeld was nominated for an Oscar for her work in 2010’s True Grit, and Beharie had a brief yet scene-stealing performance opposite Michael Fassbender in last year’s drama Shame. Production on The Keeping Room is slated to begin in March in North Carolina. Hit the jump to read the full press release.