Hailee Steinfeld Set to Star in 'Fanboys' Director's Indie 'Barely Lethal'
by Ben Pearson
April 18, 2013
If you've seen the 1969 version of True Grit, you're probably familiar with how annoying actress Kim Darby was in the role of the young Mattie Ross. And if you've seen the Coen Brothers' 2010 remake of the film, you're probably familiar with how spectacularly awesome Hailee Steinfeld was in the same role. Steinfeld earned her first Oscar nomination for that part and even though we haven't seen much of her on the big screen since, she's been busy working on Ender's Game, Romeo & Juliet, and Three Days to Kill. Now Deadline reports she's signed to lead Barely Lethal, a new indie from Fanboys director Kyle Newman.
Rookie writer John D’Arco is handling the script, which centers on Megan (Steinfeld), a young girl raised at a boarding school that trains children to be assassins. But that life is all she's ever known, so she's completely out of her element when she moves to a small town and has to deal with the challenges of high school. Fanboys is a fun underrated movie, but Barely Lethal sounds like a mashup of all the teen assassin stories we've seen over the past few years. Kick-Ass meets Hanna, anyone? Brett Ratner is producing (uh-oh) with John Cheng and Sukee Chew. Steinfeld is extremely talented, so hopefully she and Newman can work some magic and give us a reason to get excited about this project.