Actress Lily Collins has joined The English Teacher, an indie comedy from Artina Films and director Craig Zisk.

The story centers on Julianne Moore's title character, a passionate teacher who convinces her former star pupil (Michael Angarano) to put on his unproduced play at the high school. Lily Collins will portray a popular student who clashes with the teacher. Nathan Lane and Greg Kinnear also star.

Craig Zisk is directing The English Teacher from a screenplay by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton. Production is scheduled to start later this week in New York City.

The movie marks the feature directorial debut of Craig Zisk, who has directed episodes of Weeds, Hung, Nurse Jackie, Nip/Tuck, and The Big C.