Steinfeld to lead romantic comedy.

Deadline has learned that ‘True Grit’ star Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to lead ‘Why We Broke Up,’ a romantic comedy based on the book of the same name by ‘Lemony Snicket’ creator Daniel Handler.

In the film Steinfeld will play Min, a high school sophomore and cinephile who enjoys hanging out with friends at her favourite coffee shop. She soon falls hard for Ed, a senior and captain of the basketball team, and gets caught up in their whirlwind romance. The story unfolds a couple of weeks after the break-up, when she dumps a letter and box of seemingly meaningless mementos on his porch.

Beth McCarthy-Miller is attached to direct. The helmer previously directed episodes of ’30 Rock’ and ‘Saturday Night Live.’