Hailee Steinfeld Joins Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo in ‘Can a Song Save Your Life?’

Hailee SteinfeldCan a Song Save Your Life? seems to be just as uplifting as the title would have you believe (and anybody who has ever listened to “Torn” after a breakup knows that one can). News on the film, written and directed by John Carney and produced by Judd Apatow, involves its latest cast member: the young star of True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld.

Steinfeld joins Scarlett Johansson, playing a hopeful singer who is dumped by her boyfriend when he heads off to pursue a solo career, and Mark Ruffalo, playing a record producer who discovers Johansson’s character. Steinfeld will play Ruffalo’s daughter. Believe it or not, he’s forty-five, so the math holds up just fine.

The young actress’ big screen debut (for which she earned a Best Actress nomination) was a trifle darker than what Carney’s new inspiring flick seems to be. The director affirmed that music and romance were his bread and butter in the 2006 movie Once, so we can expect a reinstitution of that flavor in this next film. In addition to this round with the Avengers duo, Steinfeld will return to harsher stories in her pair of Romeo and Juliet adaptations, Romeo & Juliet and Rosaline, and will also be starring in the science-fiction adventure Ender’s Game.

Source: THR

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.