Hailee Steinfeld cast as Sleeping Beauty

True Grit actress Hailee Steinfeld is attached to another cinematic reworking, this time of the classic fairytale, Sleeping Beauty.

Following her big screen début playing Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers’ film, True Grit, the fourteen-year-old was nominated for a BAFTA and an Academy Award, amongst numerous others awards.

Now it seems the sought-after actress has attached herself to play the lead role in an upcoming amped-up version of Sleeping Beauty. This alternative take on the traditional fairytale has been penned by screenwriter Lindsay Devlin, and will reportedly be told from the point of the sleeping beaut herself (in case anyone was worried that Steinfeld would be left snoozing throughout the whole thing…).

Although Sleeping Beauty is currently awaiting financing, it it is taken up by buyers the film will join a long list of fairytale adaptations – but it is more than likely now that Steinfeld’s involvement has been confirmed.

Already in production on the fairytale-front is Snow White and the Hunstman, which stars Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, The Brothers Grimm: Snow White with Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer, and Peter Pan starring Channing Tatum. Meanwhile Gemma Arterton will also also appear in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and James Franco will star in Oz: The Great and Powerful.

That’s not to mention the fact that there is already a reworking of the Sleeping Beauty story in the pipeline at Disney, which is currently titled Maleficent.

Will Steinfeld be able to deliver another stand-out performance against such stiff competition? It’s hard to say, but her performance in the upcoming Memento-esque film, Forgotten, should give some indication of what she’s capable.

We’ll keep you posted!

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