Hailee Steinfeld to Star in WHY WE BROKE UP; Matt LeBlanc Leads LOVESICK; Scoot McNairy and Ruth Negga Join TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

     May 22, 2012

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All the casting news that money can buy:

  • Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to star in the high school comedy Why We Broke Up
  • Matt LeBlanc will headline the indie rom-com Lovesick
  • Scoot McNairy and Ruth Negga will join Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender Twelve Years a Slave

More on each project after the jump.

Fox 2000 is adapting Daniel Handler‘s book, Why We Broke Up.  Handler is on board to adapt the screenplay for director Beth McCarthy-Miller (30 Rock).  Deadline provides the synopsis:

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“Steinfeld will play Min, a high school sophomore and cinephile who enjoys hanging out with friends at her favorite coffee shop. She falls hard for Ed, a senior and captain of the basketball team, and gets caught up in their whirlwind romance. The film unfolds a couple of weeks after the break-up, when she dumps a letter and box of seemingly meaningless mementos on his porch.”

Lovesick is the feature directorial debut of Luke Matheny, who won an Oscar last year for his live-action short God of Love.  Per Variety, the script by Dean Young (King of the Hill) centers on a man who becomes clinically insane any time he starts to fall in love: “When he meets the perfect girl, he must overcome his psychosis to claim his chance at true love.”  Bit of a wacky premise, but I could see it working, depending on how LeBlanc plays “clinically insane.”

Twelve Years a Slave is a re-teaming for Fassbender and writer/director Steve McQueen, who previously brought us Hunger and Shame.  Now it is also a reunion for McNairy and Pitt, too, after working together on Killing Them Softly.  Ejiofor stars as “a free man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery on a Louisiana cotton plantation” in the period drama.  According to Variety, Mcnairy will play “a shrewd circus worker who masterminds the protagonist’s abduction.”  Negga is set to play a runaway slave.  Paul Dano and Adepero Oduye round out the supporting cast.

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