Clea DuVall’s Directorial Debut Is Something of a ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ Cast Reunion


The cast of Clea DuVall’s directorial debut was announced today, and while the whole list of actors (and the very fact that an exceedingly talented and oft-overlooked actor is directing) is enticing, there are two just-announced cast-members in particular that’ll rouse excitement: Natasha Lyonne and Melanie Lynskey, both of whom starred in But I’m a Cheerleader with DuVall.

For those who haven’t seen Cheerleader, Lyonne plays a high schooler with the unfortunate pairing of conservative parents and homosexual urges: said overbearing parents send her to a conversion therapy camp, where she meets and falls in love with a girl named Graham — played by DuVall. (Lynskey plays a stiff, highly indoctrinated camper).

Since DuVall will also be starring in her upcoming film, fans of the rather campy camp film will be thrilled to see the three actors reunited onscreen. Today’s casting announcement also included Arrested Development‘s Alia Shawkat, Cobie Smulders, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter and Ben Schwartz.

Burn Later Productions’ Paul Bernon and Sam Slater — who are producing the film — said in a press release:

Clea DuVall is one of the most diversely talented actresses working today and we are honored 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.

And, for old time’s sake: