Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for an Oscar at age 13 for her performance in the Coen Brothers’ film “True Grit,” and has since had crucial roles in many films, including “The Keeping Room” and “Pitch Perfect 2,” and has even released an acclaimed pop EP last year. Now, she’s starring in the new teen film “Edge of Seventeen,” about a witty, awkward high school student whose life heads into a tailspin.
Steinfeld stars as Nadine, who struggles with adolescence and often relies on the guidance of her history teacher, Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson). When she learns her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) starts dating her popular older brother Darian (Blake Jenner), she starts to spiral and is ultimately forced to take risks like socializing and trying to woo a fellow crush. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below, which features Woody Harrelson’s character as he vents his frustration about being robbed a problem-free lunch break via a fake suicide note.
The film is the feature-length debut by Kelly Fremon Craig. She previously wrote the film “Post Grad,” starring Alexis Bledel as a recent college graduate struggling to find a job while she lives with her parents.
“Edge of Seventeen” premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, September 16th. It opens in theaters on November 18th.