Can 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.