The actress and pop star wrote "Back to Life" — a single for the upcoming Transformers offshoot, Bumblebee — and PEOPLE has the exclusive premiere of the track’s lyric video.
Steinfeld, 21, opened up to PEOPLE about the upcoming action adventure film, due in theaters Dec. 21.
“The movie takes place in the ’80s so I definitely wanted to have fun exploring music from that era,” Steinfeld said of the single.
“I thought it would be powerful to approach it as a letter that my character Charlie wrote to her father whom she had lost. The parallel storylines between her dealing with that grief while making a new friend in Bee and the turning point of the relationship is a realization that these two characters have literally brought each other back to life,” she added.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is introducing audiences to a slew of new Marvel Comics characters, and one of the film's stars is pretty happy about that.
Hailee Steinfeld, who voices Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen in the animated movie, recently shared a video of a young girl receiving a Spider-Gwen action figure. You can check it out below.
Steinfeld, who is the first actress to portray Spider-Gwen on the big screen, could end up having a pretty storied history of playing the character, depending on how the Spider-Verse franchise shakes out. In addition to a sequel focusing on Gwen and Miles' (Shameik Moore) relationship, a female-led spinoff involving Gwen, Spider-Woman, and Silk is also in development.
Wide-eyed fans and their parents flooded Hollywood Boulevard in the hopes of spotting the stars of Paramount’s Bumblebee. The film premiered at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, with a massive red carpet and numerous versions of the Transformers franchise’s Bumblebee character on display.
Hailee Steinfeld arrived with yellow painted nails that featured the famous autobot symbol. The Academy Award-nominated actress plays Charlie Watson, a down-on-her-luck high school student/talented mechanic reeling from the sudden death of her father.
Watson’s mom (Pamela Adlon) and younger brother are adjusting to life with a new man in the house, but Charlie struggles to put her past tragedy behind her. It’s only when she repairs an old Volkswagen Beetle that she comes face to face with Bumblebee, the autobot who takes her on the adventure of a lifetime in 1987 California.
Steinfeld discussed preparing for the role, and finding her rhythm during the script’s rewrite. “Christina Hodson wrote an amazing script, which drew me into this world,” Steinfeld shared with The Hollywood Reporter. “Kelly Fremon Craig, who wrote and directed me in Edge of Seventeen, did the rewrite, and we had wonderful conversations about developing Charlie’s voice into what you see now.”
The actress also penned one of the many songs featured in the film, which was a bucket-list item for the multi-hyphenate entertainer. “Having a song of my own in a film of my own, that’s been on the bucket list for quite some time,” said Steinfeld. “I wanted the song to ring true to the 1980s, while being able to fit into my body of work as an artist.” She admitted to creating a playlist of songs for every character that she embodies. “Music plays a big part in my life, and I use it in my acting process,” the actress/singer shared. “With this film, the soundtrack is so great that the playlist was fully built in for me.”