Actors turning to directing is becoming less and less of a rarity, and today two ladies we didn’t expect to see behind the cameras any time soon announced that they will, in fact, step into the shoes of Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck, and other thespians who’ve headed to the other side of the lens.

Ellen Page will sit in the director’s chair for the high school drama Miss Stevens, starring funnygirl Anna Faris in a more dramatic role than most she’s played in the past. She plays a teacher chaperoning high school students on a weekend excursion.

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Melissa McCarthy will also likely co-direct the comedy Tammy, which she wrote with her husband (and Bridesmaids love interest) Ben Falcone.

She’ll also star in the film as a woman who gets fired and leaves her cheating husband to embark on a road trip with her raunchy grandma (possibly to be played by Shirley MacLaine).

It’s great to see more women stepping behind the camera! As long as we continue to see them in front of it, too...

Are you looking forward to seeing what Ellen and Melissa can do as directors?

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