By Sahil Patel
Titled “Miss Stevens,” the film centers on a high-school teacher who chaperones three of her kids on a weekend field trip to a regional drama competition, during which nothing turns out the way she thought it would. It’s described by the producers as a “film about students, teachers, parents, and children,” which “explores the comedy of living, the tragedy of loss, and everything we learn on the road between here and there.”
Quintal will play one of the three students, part of a cast that also includes Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”) as the teacher, and Timothee Chalamet (“Interstellar”) and Lili Reinhart (“Kings of Summer”) as the two other students. The film will also co-star comedian and actor Rob Huebel (“The Descendants”).
This is the first film project for Quintal, who has nearly 1.5 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Off YouTube, he has previously worked on multiple projects including an online recap show for “Teen Wolf” for MTV.
“Miss Stevens” marks the directorial debut for Julia Hart, who also co-wrote the script with Jordan Horowitz. Other projects for Hart include writing the Blacklist script and upcoming Drafthouse Films release “The Keeping Room,” starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, and Sam Worthington, and a limited series for HBO called “Madame X,” which is set to star Anna Paquin and Jack Black.
Producers for “Miss Stevens” include Alex Turtletaub and Michael B. Clark for Beachside, and Horowitz and Gary Gilbert for Gilbert Films. It will be produced in association with Hart’s shingle original Headquarters, with Beachside financing the picture, which is currently shooting in California.
Quintal and Hart are both repped by WME; Rabe by ICM; Chalamet by UTA; Reinhart by Anonymous Content; and Huebel by Principato-Young and UTA.