Having made a name for himself with a slew of impressive credits on the small screen, Craig Zisk is finally making his feature directorial debut this year with the anticipated romantic comedy-drama, The English Teacher.
Julianne Moore takes the lead of an impressive cast, and this is one we’ve been looking forward to for a while now.
The film will be making its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month, before heading into US theatres half-way through next month. And with its arrival imminent, Apple have released The English Teacher’s first trailer.
Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a 40-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, PA. Her simple life turns an unexpected page when former student Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns home after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. On the verge of abandoning art and pressured by his father (Greg Kinnear), to face reality and go to law school, Linda decides to mount his play—a dark, angst-ridden, ambitious work—as a Kingston High production, with flamboyant drama teacher Carl Kapinas (Nathan Lane) directing. Now well out of her comfort zone, Linda takes further risks in life and love, the stage is set for a highly comic downfall. With the play, her reputation, and teaching career on the line, Linda finds an unlikely ally in herself. Amidst the ruins of her formerly perfect life, can she find a way to her own unique storybook ending?
Moore is joined by a stellar cast, led by Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, and Nathan Lane.
Zisk is directing from a script penned by Dan and Stacy Chariton.
With four Emmy nominations to his name, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Zisk brings to the big screen here. His credits include some of my favourite TV shows of all time, including Weeds, Trust Me, Entourage, Scrubs, and Alias, with more recent credits including Parks and Recreation, New Girl, American Horror Story, Smash, United States of Tara, and Nurse Jackie. Essentially, almost every big TV show in the past ten years.
The English Teacher will be released in theatres in the US on May 17th. No word yet on a UK release date, but here’s to hoping it will cross the Atlantic later this year.