Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 by Russ Fischer
One of my big hopes for True Grit was that the Coen Brothers might have found a genuine new talent in Hailee Steinfeld, who made her feature debut playing the young heroine Mattie Ross. Indeed, she gave a tremendous performance in the film, scoring an Oscar nomination and building a fanbase very interested in seeing her next move.
But that next move can be very difficult to chart, especially for someone relatively new to the business. Working for a talented newcomer (how about Cary Fukunaga’s Civil War heist movie?) or another established master (I hear Paul Thomas Anderson has a new film) would be ideal. Anything else could look like a backward step after True Grit. So what to do? Hopefully not star in the possible remake of Carrie. But that is exactly what a new report suggests could happen.
CinemaBlend says one of its most proven sources says that Hailee Steinfeld is the ‘top candidate’ to star in a rebooted adaptation of Stephen King‘s early novel. That could mean a lot of things, as the script is still underway. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, aka Big Love and Marvel Comics writer, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark rewriter, is penning the new adaptation.
If the producers just want Hailee Steinfeld, that means almost nothing now. Every producer has a wishlist. She could (and probably should) decline any offer. But if there have been talks, it might be something more serious. This is rumor for now, but its one I hope goes nowhere.
What else is on the actress’ plate? Not a lot that really inspires, from my perspective. There is a new version of Romeo and Juliet; the adaptation of teen thriller novel Forgotten; and a contemporary Sleeping Beauty, which could end up being mooted by Julia Leigh’s recent Cannes entry. Carrie might actually be a better, or at least more fun idea than any of those. She would certainly bring something to it, but I’ll hold out hope that she gets some other, far more promising role soon.Cool Posts From Around the Web: