Hailee Steinfeld to Star in STX's Coming-of-Age Drama (Exclusive)

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Hailee Steinfeld

James L. Brooks is producing the film, which was written and will be directed by Kelly Fremon.

Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to star in STX Entertainment's coming-of-age film, previously called Besties.

In the vein of a John Hughes film, the story centers on two high school girls who are best friends until one starts secretly dating the other’s older brother.

Director-producer James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets, Spanglish) is producing the project, while Kelly Fremon, who wrote the spec script, is set to make it her directorial debut, with Brooks serving as a mentor. Richard Sakai and Julie Ansell also are producing.

Craig's spec, which was called Besties, was originally scooped up by Brooks' Gracie Films back in 2011. STX signed on to make the film in April as Robert Simonds' new studio continued to build up its slate. The project is currently untitled.

Steinfeld became one of the most sought-after young actresses after her breakout role in True Grit. She was most recently seen in Universal's hit musical comedy sequel Pitch Perfect 2 with Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. She also starred in Sundance film 10,000 Saints and A24's Barely Lethal. She's attached to two YA adaptations, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which will be directed by Dustin Lance Black, and supernatural romantic thriller Break My Heart 1,000 Times. She's repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein.