Ellen Page really had two breakout moments. Her first came in 2005 when she blew the doors off of Hard Candy, playing a lost little lamb with incredibly sharp teeth. The second came when she got teen pregnant as Juno and scored an Oscar. One introduced her to the cinephile world as someone to keep an eye on. The second — especially after her supporting role as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand — secured her place with the larger public as a leading lady.
Now, after 15 years of acting experience, she wants to become a director.
According to Deadline Hollywood, she’s found the project that will mark her transition. Miss Stevens will star Anna Faris as a teacher who doesn’t have her life together but learns some valuable lessons from the high school kids she chaperones to the state drama competition. If that sounds like a secular version of Sister Act 2 with theater instead of singing that’s because it also sounds like a hundred other movies. It’s a really common theme. The script comes from newcomer Julia Hart and will be produced by indie outlets Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content.
So the hope is that Page brings a unique voice to an otherwise overused high concept. She’s had the opportunity to work with several different directors in her career, so it’ll be interesting if this turns out feeling more like Juno, more like Whip It or like a different beast altogether.