Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What does the author of 'Ten Thousand Saints' think of Hailee Steinfeld as Eliza?

Oh, I'm excited about this! Deadline is reporting that Oscar-nominated writers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor, The Nanny Diaries, Wanderlust) are set to both script and direct the screen adaptation of Ten Thousand Saints, Eleanor Henderson's multi-layered coming of age novel set in the punk rock world of the 1980's. Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Romeo and Juliet, Ender's Game) is in talks to star as Eliza. I wonder if that's what she was referring to in her tweet 
Steinfeld hasn't quite got into her groove since her outstanding Oscar nominated turn in True Grit; this sounds like the challenging role that could change that up. While it's a period piece, Eliza is definitely a contemporary young woman with contemporary issues to deal with; teen pregnancy being one of them.

Here's the story from Barnes and Noble

"Adopted by a pair of diehard hippies, restless, marginal Jude Keffy-Horn spends much of his youth getting high with his best friend, Teddy, in their bucolic and deeply numbing Vermont town. But when Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude's relationship with drugs and with his parents devolves to new extremes. Sent to live with his pot-dealing father in New York City's East Village, Jude stumbles upon straight edge, an underground youth culture powered by the paradoxical aggression of hardcore punk and a righteous intolerance for drugs, meat, and sex. With Teddy's half brother, Johnny, and their new friend, Eliza, Jude tries to honor Teddy's memory through his militantly clean lifestyle. But his addiction to straight edge has its own dangerous consequences. While these teenagers battle to discover themselves, their parents struggle with this new generation's radical reinterpretation of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll and their grown-up awareness of nature and nurture, brotherhood and loss.
The leading question, what does author Eleanor Henderson think of the possiblity of Steinfeld as Eliza? Celebrating her 17th birthday today, Steinfeld should be thrilled with Ms. Henderson's twitter response to the news. "...Loved her in True Grit and would love her as Eliza."

The next question is who would you cast as Jude? I'm all ears.






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