2009 was a big year for Vera Farmiga. The actress starred opposite George Clooney in Jason Reitman‘s witty Up in the Air, and nabbed an Oscar nomination to top it off. So what comes now? Directing. Today, Production Weekly tweeted that Farmiga will star and direct the indie Higher Ground, based on Carolyn Briggs’ memoir This Dark World.

Farmiga has been working in film since the late 90′s. Some of her more notable credits include Running Scared, The Departed, Orphan and well, Up in the Air. She’s a good actress and has consistently delivered good performances, so it’s fair to say that she’ll probably nail the starring role in Higher Ground.

Check out the full synopsis below…

Carolyn Briggs (Farmiga) grew up with modest means in the Iowa heartland. Pregnant at seventeen, married a few months later, by the age of eighteen she found herself living in a trailer with no plans beyond having more babies-until she found Jesus. It began innocently enough-a few minutes lingering on the televangelist stations, a cursory look at the Bible-and soon she had wholly given herself over to a radical, apocalyptic New Testament church. Her daily life was permeated with a sense of the divine-she spent hours a day in prayer and Bible study, wore modest clothing, even braced herself for the Rapture every time she heard trumpet music over the supermarket loudspeaker. It was only when her marriage began to unravel that Carolyn dared to question the religious dogma she had embraced for all of her adult life to date.

As of now, Farmiga has a full plate. This year she has Henry’s Crime coming out, followed by Source Code and Madonna‘s W.E. next year so it will probably be sometime before Farmiga yells action from a set. Nonetheless I’m excited to see what she has to offer as director.

Are you excited to see her direct Higher Ground?