Cannes: Robert Sheehan Joins Hailee Steinfeld in 'Statistical Probability of Love'

Sheehan (second from right) at a 'Mortal Instruments' event.

"I really think we could have 'When Harry Met Sally' for the younger generation," says The Exchange's Brian O'Shea.

Robert Sheehan (Geostorm, Mortal Instruments) has been cast as the male lead in Dustin Lance Black's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight alongside Hailee Steinfeld

Sales company The Exchange will be bringing the feature to Cannes and offer it to international buyers. The Exchange's CEO Brian O'Shea announced the casting on Thursday. CAA holds domestic sales rights.

The film is written, directed and executive produced by Black (Milk, J. Edgar) and produced by Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl), Caroline Kaplan (Boyhood) and Steve Hutensky (The Human Stain). Production is set to begin this year.

Set during a 24-hour period, Probability follows Hadley (Steinfeld), stuck at John F. Kennedy Airport and late to her father's second wedding in London, who meets the "perfect" young man in the airport's waiting area. Oliver (Sheehan) is British, and they end up sitting next to each other on the plane. "In this story about the mad fears when love first strikes, Hadley and Oliver make it clear that true love isn't what greeting cards peddle, it's an act of bravery that's well worth the leap," according to a film description.

"Robert and Hailee together are perfect," said O'Shea. "They are both identifiable and winning, the script is sharp, the production team is aces, I really think we could have When Harry Met Sally for the younger generation."

Sheehan is represented by The Gersh Agency and Lisa Richards Agency.

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