Apple orders Emily Dickinson series with Hailee Steinfeld set to star

Apple has given a straight-to-series order to a half-hour series about acclaimed 19th century poet Emily Dickinson, Variety has learned.

Hailee Steinfeld will star in the title role. The series is described as a comedic look into Dickinson’s world, exploring the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view.

Alena Smith serves as writer and executive producer, with David Gordon Green attached to direct and executive produce. Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta also executive produce via Sugar23 Productions, along with Alex Goldstone for Anonymous Content and Darlene Hunt. The series is produced by Paul Lee’s wiip, Anonymous Content, and Sugar23.

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HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 30: Hailee Steinfeld arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Secretariat' at the El Capitan Theatre on September 30, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Actress Hailee Steinfeld, wearing Calvin Klein Collection, attends ELLE's 17th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute at The Four Seasons Hotel on October 18, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images For Elle Magazine)
(EXCLUSIVE) Actors Adam Irigoyen and Hailee Steinfeld attend Variety's 4th Annual Power of Youth event at Paramount Studios on October 24, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Hailee Steinfeld attends the 18th Annual BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on November 4, 2010 in Century City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Hailee Steinfeld attends the Tron: Legacy UK film premiere at Empire Leicester Square on December 5, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: Hailee Steinfeld arrives at the Los Angeles industry screening of 'True Grit' held at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on December 9, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Actress Hailee Steinfeld visits 'Late Show With David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Hailee Steinfeld onstage during the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Actress Hailee Steinfeld (L) and Actress Elle Fanning (R) during the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)
US actress Hailee Steinfeld attends the 'True Grit' Premiere during the opening day of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival at Berlinale Palace on February 10, 2011 in Berlin, Germany.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 05: Actress Hailee Steinfeld arrives at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 5, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 09: Actress Hailee Steinfeld attends the First Annual Children Mending Hearts Style Sunday on June 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 28: Actress Hailee Steinfeld arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Ender's Game' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 28, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actress Hailee Steinfeld attends the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mat Hayward/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 22: Hailee Steinfeld seen at LAX on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Hailee Steinfeld arrives at the 16th Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Post-Golden Globe Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22: Hailee Steinfeld is seen at LAX. on June 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 21: Hailee Steinfeld arrives at the 2015 MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on June 21, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Actress/model/singer Hailee Steinfeld attends Billboard's 10th Annual Women In Music at Cipriani 42nd Street on December 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 10: Singer Hailee Steinfeld attends KISS 108's Jingle Ball 2015 Presented by Capital One at TD Garden on December 10, 2015 in Boston, Mass. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: Hailee Steinfeld visits at Music Choice on March 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 01: Actress/singer Hailee Steinfeld is seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on April 1, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Actress Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2016 Nickelodeon HALO awards at Basketball City Pier 36 - South Street on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Singer Hailee Steinfeld performs onstage during the 2016 Nickelodeon HALO Awards at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South Street on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Hailee Steinfeld performs at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest on December 31, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/DCNYRE2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Singer/actress Hailee Steinfeld attends W Magazine Celebrates the Best Performances Portfolio and the Golden Globes with Audi and Moet & Chandon at Chateau Marmont on January 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for W Magazine)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Actress Hailee Steinfeld attends The BAFTA Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - MAY 13: Singer Hailee Steinfeld performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 16: Singer Hailee Steinfeld attends the '2017 Billboard Music Awards' And ELLE Present Women In Music At YouTube Space LA at YouTube Space LA on May 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for dick clark productions)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Hailee Steinfeld attends SiriusXM's 'Hits 1 in Hollywood' broadcast on SiriusXM's SiriusXM Hits 1 channel leading up to the Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 20, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Singer Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Hailee Steinfeld attends n:PHILANTHROPY Sponsors Republic Records' VMA After Party 2017 at TAO at the Dream Hotel on August 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for n:PHILANTHROPY)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Hailee Steinfeld arrives at Variety's 1st Annual Hitmakers luncheon held at Sunset Tower on November 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2017 WiLD 94.9 FM iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at SAP Center on November 30, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 30: EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE: Hailee Steinfeld performs onstage at WiLD 94.9's FM's Jingle Ball 2017 Presented by Capital One at SAP Center on November 30, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 12: Actress Hailee Steinfeld attends the Los Angeles Premiere 'Pitch Perfect 3' at the Dolby Theatre on December 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 18: Hailee Steinfeld attends the Lip Sync Battle LIVE: A Michael Jackson Celebration at Dolby Theatre on January 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Luis Fonsi, Republic Records Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder Monte Lipman and Hailee Steinfeld attend Republic Records Celebrates the GRAMMY Awards in Partnership with Cadillac, Ciroc and Barclays Center at Cadillac House on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Republic Records)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Hailee Steinfeld and Kiana Lede Brown attend Republic Records Celebrates the GRAMMY Awards in Partnership with Cadillac, Ciroc and Barclays Center at Cadillac House on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Republic Records)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Singer Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
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“Dickinson” will mark Steinfeld’s first regular role on a television series. The actress burst onto the scene at just 14 years old with her Oscar-nominated performance in the Coen brothers’ 2010 remake of “True Grit,” starring alongside Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. She also starred in the “Pitch Perfect” film franchise, with “Pitch Perfect 3” bowing last year. Her other notable film roles include “The Edge of Seventeen,” “Barely Lethal,” “The Homesman,” and “Ender’s Game.” Steinfeld has also enjoyed a successful music career, including her platinum-certified debut single “Love Myself,” double-platinum-selling “Starving” with Grey featuring Zedd, platinum-selling anthem “Most Girls,” and “Let Me Go” featuring Florida Georgia Line.

Smith was previously a writer and co-producer on Showtime’s “The Affair,” and was also a writer on the acclaimed HBO series “The Newsroom.”

Green’s most recent feature directing credit is the 2017 Jake Gyllenhaal drama “Stronger.” He has also recently directed episodes of the Amazon comedy “Red Oaks” and the HBO comedy “Vice Principals.” He is best known for directing films like “Pineapple Express,” “Joe,” and “Prince Avalanche.”

This also marks the latest series order for wiip. Former ABC Entertainment head Lee’s new studio is producing two shows for Facebook Watch: “Queen America” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and an untitled high school girls soccer team drama executive produced by soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sugar23, founded in 2017 by Oscar-winning manager and producer Michael Sugar, has a first-look deal with Anonymous Content, the TV and film production company where Sugar formerly worked. In his time at Anonymous, he shepherded such TV projects as “Spotlight,” “The Knick,” “The OA,” and the upcoming “Maniac” on Netflix and “One Day She’ll Darken” on TNT.

Steinfeld is repped by CAA and Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof and Fishman. Smith is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Green is repped by CAA and Pryor Cashman.

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