Hailee Steinfeld explains “Why We Broke Up” in new teen comedy

May 22, 2012 | Posted By In Casting | 1140 Views

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Now that she’s got an Oscar nom and some serious acting cred under her belt, Hailee Steinfeld is looking to add something a bit lighter to her resume, with Deadline reporting the “True Grit” actress will star in Fox 2000 romantic comedy “Why We Broke Up”, an adaptation of the teen novel by Daniel Handler.

Steinfeld will play Min, a high school sophomore who gets caught up in a whirlwind romance with senior classmate Ed. The story picks up two weeks after their break-up, as Min dumps a letter and a box full of mementos on Ed’s doorstep: “Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.” Beth McCarthy Miller will direct from a script Handler adapted himself.

After being discovered by the Coen brothers and thrust into the limelight in “True Grit”, studios began developing starring vehicles for the young actress, though “Forgotten” and a revisionist take on “Sleeping Beauty” have yet to move past the development stage. Meanwhile, she has wrapped up playing one half of literature’s most famous couple opposite Douglas Booth in Carlo Carlei’s new adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet”, and is currently filming “Ender’s Game” opposite “Hugo” star Asa Butterfield. Steinfeld is also committed to musical romantic drama “Can a Song Save Your Life?” opposite Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley.


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