This week Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner and Hayden Szeto hit the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to promote their new film ‘The Edge of Seventeen’. During the Closing Night Gala the actors, along with writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig, producers James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai and Julie Ansell, took a few moments to discuss the coming-of-age story at Roy Thomson Hall.
The film was well received at the festival. The Edge of Seventeen hopes to highlight what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world.
The studio described the film earlier this year stating, “Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).”
All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.
The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine’s well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board. You can watch as Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson and Blake Jenner discuss their roles in the film, and the importance of continuing Hollywood’s obsession with the teen drama-comedy.
The Edge of Seventeen marks the feature film directorial debut of writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig and is produced by Academy Award winner James L. Brooks – the filmmaker behind big-screen, character-driven classics such as Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, Big, Say Anything, The Simpsons, Jerry Maguire and As Good as It Gets.
Fans of Steinfeld and Hailee Steinfeld and Haley Lu Richardson won’t have to wait too long to catch the film in theaters, STX has set a wide release date for November 18, 2016.