Hi~ This is the excerpt from the article.
Does it sound fine to use "direct" (underlined one) in this sentence?
I guess Elena Lane is an actress, not a title of the movie.
I am looking forward to your opinions.
Thank you in advance.
Action Star Drake Torkelson Steps Behind the Camera
At a press conference last Saturday, actor Drake Torkelson announced that he would be directing a film entitled Every Now and Then for Soundstage Studios. The star of such successful films as The Lone Wanderer and the Double Agent Duke series, Torkelson said he will not appear in the film but will direct Elena Lane in the production.
“I appreciate all the success I’ve had as an action star,” Torkelson said during the conference, “but it’s time for something new. I like a challenge, and directing is always something I’ve been interested in.” Every Now and Then will be an action film about an undercover agent sent to Russia in the early 1980s. Lane was cast in the lead role and will costar with other notable performers including Jeremy Wright and Danica
You don't need to guess that Elena Lane is an actress. It says in the second paragraph that she has been cast in the lead role.
"Direct" is a transitive verb. He will be the director. He will direct the movie as well as the actors in it.
(I'm told that both males and females prefer "actor" these days. I still tend to use "actress.")
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.