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Hailee Steinfeld Eyes Role As Sleeping Beauty In Yet Another Revisionist Fable

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 29, 2011 8:39 AM
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The big question surrounding Hailee Steinfeld right now is: what next? The actress broke out in a huge way with "True Grit," snagging an Oscar nomination, but more importantly kicking open doors of opportunity in Hollywood. She was briefly mentioned as a possible contender for a role in "The Hunger Games" and got attached to the tween "Memento"-like film "Forgotten." But it looks like the team around the actress want to parlay her success into tentpole fare.

Deadline reports that Hailee Steinfeld is attached a spec script that's going out to buyers in the hope they'll bite. Written by Lindsay Devlin, the story would find Steinfeld playing Sleeping Beauty in an update that would be told from her perspective as she explores her dreamworld while trying to find a way out.

Sigh. Can we put a moratorium on fairy tale movies for a moment? Peter Pan, Jack And The Beanstalk, Snow White (times three), The Wizard Of Oz, Hansel & Gretel....the list of fairy tales being turned into edge movies is pretty endless and frankly already a little tiring. And we'd hazard a guess this isn't the only Sleeping Beauty spec knocking around town.

We understand why agents and managers want to capitalize on Oscar success with a big, moneymaking project. Hell, Jennifer Lawrence bailed on the much more interesting "Savages" with Oliver Stone to go do "The Hunger Games" (and she's already got another franchise in "X-Men: First Class"). As a career move, yeah, it's probably a better choice but it's those smaller pictures that define your breadth and scope as an actress. We'd hate to see Steinfeld get lost in the currency of blockbuster filmmaking, but that's the name of the game these days so we're aren't surprised either. But we're pretty sure Mattie Ross wouldn't approve.

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5 Comments

  • Liana | March 29, 2011 11:11 AMReply

    I agree sjvp, nothing sounds all the great about The Savages for me. It's nothing ground breaking or new, plus Oliver Stone hasn't made a good movie in years. There are a lot of fairytale movies going around these days, but it's not different than the superhero movies they throw out every couple of years. Seriously, do we really need a new Spiderman or Superman for that matter. That is pretty tiring. Hailee is young, she can do both, and with her talent I'm sure she'll be around for a long time. I think you don't approve, and why because it's not a small scale more interesting picture for you?

  • rocco siffredi | March 29, 2011 11:02 AMReply

    She was so good in True Grit. She'll be around for a long time to come a la Jodie Foster.

  • Mony | March 29, 2011 10:20 AMReply

    Meant to say as annoying as the damn superhero movies they are throwing out one after another.

  • Mony | March 29, 2011 10:18 AMReply

    I was just thinking that. Can we slow down on the damn fairytales. It is almost becoming as annoying as sequels.

  • sjvp | March 29, 2011 9:22 AMReply

    I don't think that Savages is necessarily more interesting than Hunger Games. From all accounts, Hunger Games features an interesting, strong lead character whereas the Savages role sounds like it could fall into both standard 'Girlfriend' and 'Damsel in Distress' territory. But then this is from someone who thinks Oliver Stone is vastly overrated and that unfortunately, strong female characters are usually the exception rather than then norm in his films (among his many, many other sins)

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