After starring in True Grit back in 2010 and nabbing a nomination for best supporting actress, the world would seem to be at Hailee Steinfeld‘s fingertips. According to Deadline, the young starlet has just signed on to a new project, leading Why We Broke Up for Fox 2000.
The comedy will be directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller and is based off the book by Daniel Handler, writer of the popular Lemony Snicket series. Steinfeld will be playing the role of “Min, a high school sophomore and cinephile who enjoys hanging out with friends at her favorite coffee shop. She falls hard for Ed, a senior and captain of the basketball team, and gets caught up in their whirlwind romance.” How very high school. The film then “unfolds a couple of weeks after they break-up, when she dumps a letter and box of seemingly meaningless mementos on his porch.”
Handler also wrote the script, and it will be produced by the Twilight Saga‘s Karen Rosenfelt; which gives us some inclining on the route and age group the film will be taking on. McCarthy-Miller has directed episodes of 30 Rock, as well as Saturday Night Live and is set to direct the upcoming Melissa McCarthy-led comedy Tammy.
Steinfeld has shown her leading lady potential, considering she will play Juliet in the upcoming Romeo and Juliet reboot as well as a major role in the sci-fi bestseller Ender’s Game. I have no doubt she’ll be able to handle the role, I’m just a little weary of the subject matter — but that could have something to do with the fact that I’m not the intended audience or that big a fan of high school romantic dramas. But, like any young actress it looks like she has to get this kind of film out of her system at some point.
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