Hailee Steinfeld made a big impact and scored an Oscar nomination for True Grit, but as so often happens when an actor comes out of nowhere, it takes a while until we see them in a follow-up role. She’s currently shooting Romeo & Juliet and she’s also booked in Ender’s Game, and now THR reports she’s joined the cast of the musical Can a Song Save Your Life? So it certainly seems we’ll see plenty of her in future.
The movie is about Gretta (Scarlett Johansson), a talented young singer who moves to New York City with her boyfriend, only to have him dump her when he gets a solo recording contract. Gretta crosses paths with a depressed record producer (Mark Ruffalo) and they strike up a relationship which could save each others careers. Steinfeld will play Ruffalo’s daughter.
John Carney, who scored a major success with the Irish musical feature Once, is directing Can a Song Save Your Life? from his own original screenplay. Production is scheduled to start in June.