Clea DuVall’s highly secretive directoral debut has a cast. It was revealed yesterday that the upcoming project will star a range of talented actors known from roles in television. Melanie Lynskey (Two And A Half Men), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is The New Black), Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire), Jason Ritter (Gravity Falls), Ben Schwartz (House Of Lies), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) have joined the film, acting alongside the director herself.
Fans of the cult classic, pro LGBT, cheerleading romp But I’m a Cheerleader will be excited to see Lynskey and Lyonne reunited with DuVall in her movie, this choice perhaps a testament to the women’s on screen chemistry and mutual respect earned from their teen movie years. As well as her director title and acting credit, DuVall has also written the script and she will executive produce her feature with David Bernon and Mel Eslyn.
DuVall is best known as the thinking woman’s favourite melancholy teen of the late 1990’s and 2000’s, appearing in many teen genre titles and giving us graceful depressive angst that always conveyed depth beyond her years. She has recently had roles in American Horror Story and Argo coming from the class of actors that slip seamlessly between the worlds of TV and movies. Duvall’s talent has often been underestimated despite her consistency.
Sam Slater of Burn Productions who are producing the film commented, sharing his faith in the actress’s skills: “Clea DuVall is one of the most diversely talented actresses working today and we are honoured to work with her, not only on her directorial debut, but also from a script she has written. We look forward to seeing her bring her vision to the screen”.
The movie is yet to be named and no plot or character details have been released to date. It is always interesting to see actors interpret their craft from the other side of the lens, their creations often benefitting from this experience and resulting in a particular emotive deftness. I look forward to future updates about this project, hoping DuVall will not disappoint.