11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Emily Dickinson Comedy Series for Apple
Hailee Steinfeld is becoming the latest feature film breakout to turn to the small screen.
The Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated actress will star as Emily Dickinson in the scripted comedy Dickinson, which has been ordered straight to series at Apple.
The project takes viewers into the world of Dickinson and explores the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn't fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view. Dickinson is described as Emily's coming-of-age story and one woman's fight to get her voice heard. The comedy is set in the 1800s and features a modern sensibility and tone.
Written by Alena Smith (The Affair, The Newsroom), Dickinson will be executive produced and directed by David Gordon Green (Stronger, Pineapple Express, Vice Principals). The project hails from Paul Lee's newly launched and CAA-backed wiip, with Oscar winner Michael Sugar (Spotlight) and Ashley Zalta (Maniac) overseeing for Sugar23 Productions. Anonymous Content's Alex Goldstone and The Big C's Darlene Hunt will also exec produce.
For Steinfeld, Dickinson marks the Pitch Perfect 3, True Grit and Edge of Seventeen star's first series-regular role. The singer-actress will next be seen as the female lead in the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, due out Dec. 21. She also is currently writing and recording her first full-length album. Steinfeld is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein. The pickup also comes as YouTube is prepping a version of Edge of Seventeen — with a new cast — for the small screen.
Dickinson is the first Apple scripted series order for wiip, which also has the Catherine Zeta-Jones comedy Queen America and an untitled Cristiano Ronaldo soccer drama both set at Facebook. The company recently landed TV rights to the Gimlet podcast Sandra. Overseen by former ABC Entertainment president Lee, wiip is a talent-driven studio which creates and produces content for digital and global platforms.
Dickinson becomes the latest scripted entry from Steve Golin's Anonymous Content following True Detective, Mr. Robot, Berlin Station, The OA, Electric Dreams, 13 Reasons Why and The Alienist. Next up for the management and production company are Netflix's Maniac and Hulu's Catch-22.
Dickinson is the latest straight-to-series order at Apple and joins a roster of scripted programming including Octavia Spencer drama Are You Sleeping, an untitled morning news drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, anthology Amazing Stories, animated comedy Central Park, a thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, a top-secret series from La La Land's Damien Chazelle, a Kristen Wiig comedy, the Stephen Knight futuristic drama See and a space drama from Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore. Still to be determined is just how Apple will distribute its scripted originals.