BILLBOARD – Pitch Perfect 2 star Hailee Steinfeld has signed a record contract with Republic Records. The news comes less than a week after Pitch Perfect 2 opened with the biggest box office tally ever for a musical.
The Academy Award-nominated actress is currently in the studio working on her debut release with producers Captain Cuts, Harvey Mason, The Futuristics, Mattman & Robin from MXM and others, according to a press release.
Steinfeld first captured attention in the Cohen Brothers’ True Grit as Mattie Ross, the 14-year-old girl seeking retribution for her father’s murder. She earned an Oscar, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA nominations for that supporting role. She has since starred in Ender’s Game, Begin Again and, recently, Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video.
“The moment that we met Hailee we found her commitment to music inspiring,” said Republic Records executive vice president Charlie Walk. “She has the vision, natural talent and dedication to compete at the highest level. We are thrilled to be a part of her musical journey.”
Added Republic Records co-founder and chief executive Monte Lipman, “Hailee is a multi-talented artist and among her many gifts, her voice is both unique and undeniable. It’s exciting to have her join the Republic family.”
Steinfeld’s first single is expected for release sometime this year.
Hailee Steinfeld is featured in Taylor Swift’s music video for her next single “Bad Blood”. Taylor released Hailee’s poster for the music video earlier today, May 10.
Hailee will be playing not one, but three characters known as The Trinity. She is joined by an all-star cast that includes Zendaya, Gigi Hadid, and Ellie Goulding. The official music video will be released during the Billboard Music Awards on May 17.
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DEADLINE – Hailee Steinfeld is set to star in supernatural romantic thriller Break My Heart 1,000 Times for Gold Circle Films. Based on the YA novel by Daniel Waters, Break My Heart is described as a combination of The Fault In Our Stars and The Sixth Sense and is considered a springboard for a possible franchise. Jason Fuchs will adapt the screenplay and Scott Speer is attached to direct.
It’s set following a cataclysmic event that has torn the barrier between our world and the next, leaving ‘Remnants’, ghost-like essences of the deceased, part of everyday life. After years of quiet coexistence with the living, a Remnant sends a threatening message to a young girl, propelling her on a mission with consequences that will forever change the course of her life.
Steinfeld, who was Oscar-nominated for her role in True Grit, is reuniting the Gold Circle following her co-starring role in Universal/Gold Circle’s Pitch Perfect 2, which opens wide May 15. She also has a turn in A24’s upcoming Barely Lethal and is about to begin shooting the title role in indie Carrie Pilby. Her recent film credits include Begin Again and Ender’s Game.