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Hailee Steinfeld will star in Voicemails for Isabelle, a romantic comedy preemptively picked up by Sony.
Sharon Maguire, the director of Bridget Jones’ Diary and Bridget Jones’ Baby, is in negotiations to helm the project, which will be produced by Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Becky Sanderman.
Details are scarce, but the spec script by Leah McKendrick is being described as a rom-com for the 21st century centering on a young woman navigating the dating scene in Los Angeles.
Steinfeld last starred in the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee and voice-starred as Spider-Gwen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Maguire’s Bridget Jones’ Diary, an adaptation of the Helen Fielding best-seller, is considered one of the high points of the rom-com genre. She also directed the 2008 drama Incendiary starring Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor.
Escape Artists, which has a first-look deal at Sony, is developing the live-action Masters of the Universe feature, based on the Mattel toys, and produced the comedy Troop Zero for Amazon.
Steinfeld is repped by CAA. Maguire is repped by UTA while McKendrick is repped by Abrams Artists Agency, David Clark, and Joel VanderKloot.
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Sterling K. Brown