Hailee Steinfeld Finally Gets Her Big YA Role: Why We Broke Up


Hailee Steinfeld will play Min in Why We Broke Up

Ever since we saw Hailee Steinfeld manipulate a bunch of grown outlaws in True Grit, we’ve been begging Hollywood to cast her in everything — she was a big favorite to play Katniss in The Hunger Games before fellow Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence got the gig. And, as much as we’re looking forward to seeing her in Romeo and Juliet and as Petra in Ender’s Game, we’re much more excited about today’s casting news. According to Deadline, the 15-year-old is in negotiations to play Min Green in the adaptation of YA novel Why We Broke Up. It is just the sort of smart-ass-but-vulnerable girl we’d love to see her take on.

The novel, by Daniel Handler (who normally writes under the pen name Lemony Snicket) and illustrated by New Yorker regular Maira Kalman, is a really long letter from Min to her ex, Ed Slaterton, that accompanies a box of all the memorabilia she gathered over the course of their relationship (each of which is cleverly illustrated by Kalman). And even though the title tells you EXACTLY what happens at the end of their relationship, you will probably find yourself crying and throwing the book across the room multiple times while reading it. You might even mope around all day before realizing that no, you did not break up with someone just now; it was just the fictional characters in the book. (Not that this happened to me at all.)

Min, short for Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, is an independent girl who is obsessed with film and couldn’t care less about typical high school things like sports and school dances. But when Ed, the captain of the basketball team, crashes her best friend’s party and asks her out, she finds herself entering his world of bonfires and jock parties and mean ex-girlfriends. She, meanwhile, draws him into her clever world, and they begin planning an elaborate surprise birthday soiree for an old lady she’s convinced is silver-screen movie star Lottie Carson. Much to the chagrin of their friends, of course, they fall in love.

Now we have to imagine the kind of sensitive jock type who could play heartbreaker Ed. He reminds us a lot of Glee’s Finn Hudson, but Cory Monteith’s been there, done that (and is getting way too old for high school roles). How about The Vampire Diaries’ Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy)? Or, keeping with the Glee mindset, Grant Gustin, who played scheming Warbler Sebastian? Pick up the book, if you haven’t already, and send us your suggestions!

Incidentally, if the book is not enough vicarious heartbreak for you, head over to the Why We Broke Up Project Tumblr, where regular people share their open letters to their exes.

[Photos: Getty Images, Little, Brown]

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