Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to star as the lead in Why We Broke Up, the Fox 2000 comedy that will be directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller. It is based on the book by Daniel Handler, who wrote the Lemony Snicket series.

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. Script was written by Handler, and Twilight Saga‘s Karen Rosenfelt is producing.

McCarthy-Miller has directed episodes of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live and is attached to direct Melissa McCarthy in the New Line comedy Tammy. Steinfeld, who was nominated for her breakthrough role in True Grit, next stars in Romeo And Juliet, and is filming Ender’s Game. She’s repped by ICM and Coast to Coast. McCarthy-Miller is repped by CAA.