Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Dustin Lance Black’s YA Romance Movie

The filmmaker is mounting an adaptation of “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight”

Hailee Steinfeld is set to star in the YA romance “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,” which Dustin Lance Black will write, direct and executive produce for The Exchange, the company announced Tuesday.

The film is based on the popular YA novel of the same name by Jennifer E. Smith. Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange will sell international rights to the film at AFM next month. CAA is handling the domestic sale.

Set over 24 hours, the story follows Haldey (Steinfeld), who’s stuck at JFK Airport and late to her father’s second wedding in London. She soon meets a British boy named Oliver in the airport’s cramped waiting area, and learns that they’re sitting next to each other on the plane. Romance ensues.

The film is being produced by Bruna Papandrea, who worked with Dustin Lance Black on “Milk,” as Caroline Kaplan (“Time Out of Mind”) and Steve Hutensky, a former top executive at Miramax and Relativity.

“Everyone has experienced a love-at-first-sight moment. With an incredibly accomplished actress in Hailee Steinfeld and a trio of producers with a eye for developing pictures with acclaimed performances, ‘The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” has a high-probability to be a hit with audiences in any language,” said O’Shea.

Steinfeld, who next stars in Kyle Newman’s “Barely Lethal,” is represented by ICM Partners, Coast To Coast Talent Group and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum.