Hailee Steinfeld is growing up. Sure, she held her own against Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in the Coen Brothers' "True Grit" when she was only 14, but she's about to experience the true teenage rite of passage: heartbreak. Word on the Hollywood streets is that Steinfeld is in final talks to join the upcoming comedy, "Why We Broke Up." Need we say more?
OK, we will (say more, that is). Adapted from a book by Daniel Handler (who also wrote the Lemony Snicket series), the story follows Min (Steinfeld), a high-school sophomore who enjoys hanging out with her friends at their favorite coffee shop. Sounds pretty tame to us. But when she falls for Ed, a senior and captain of the basketball team, she gets swept away by their roller coaster romance, which (we assume) ends kinda badly.
A few weeks after their break-up, Min drops off a letter and box of mementos on Ed's porch, spurring an unforeseen chain of events. Hey, no one said break-ups were easy.
According to Deadline, Beth McCarthy-Miller (whose credits include "30 Rock" and "SNL" among others) is directing.
While Steinfeld is a proven powerhouse dramatic actress, she hasn't really cut her comedy chops on the big screen just yet. Since no production dates are set, we'll just have to wait and see if the starlet has what it takes to carry a romantic comedy… you know, now that she's reached the ripe old age of 16 and all.