4 go to 'College' in Hagan's class


Drake Bell, Kevin Covais, Andrew Caldwell and Haley Bennett are set to star in Element Films and State Street Pictures' youth comedy "College," directed by Deb Hagan. Lionsgate will distribute through its long-term distribution deal with Element.

Also in the film are Gary Owens and Ryan Pinkston ("Punk'd").

From a screenplay by Dan Callahan and Adam Ellison, "College" centers on three high school seniors who have the wildest weekend of their lives when they visit a nearby college campus as prospective freshmen. Element is producing in association with State Street Pictures and New Orleans-based LIFT Films.

Element will fully finance the project.

Producers are Element president and co-founder Adam Rosenfelt, vp production and development Julie Dangel and State Street's Robert Teitel. Rene Rigal of State Street will co-produce. Element co-founder Sam Nazarian and Element COO Marc Schaberg will executive produce with Malcolm Petal and Kim Anderson of State Street Pictures.

Bell stars in Nickelodeon's "Drake and Josh." Repped by WMA, he most recently starred in Paramount's "Yours, Mine and Ours."

Covais was an "American Idol" contestant in Season 5. "College" marks his acting debut.

Caldwell has a recurring role on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" and will next be seen in DreamWorks' "Transformers." He is repped by Kazarian/Spencer and Associates.

Bennett most recently starred in Warner Bros.' "Music and Lyrics," where she beat more than 600 girls for the role of pop singer Cora Corman. She is in the process of recording her debut album. She's managed by Untitled Entertainment.