Quantrell D. Colbert
Keith Staskiewicz
January 03, 2014 AT 04:20 PM EST

Espionage and high school both involve plenty of closely guarded secrets, group infiltration, and back­stabbing. But in the fall 2014 action comedy Barely Lethal, Hailee Steinfeld finds the switch isn’t so easy, playing a teen trained to be a ­government agent (by Samuel L. Jackson, no less) who opts out of globetrotting shadow operations in order to lead a normal life. “She treats high school like a ­mission,” says director Kyle Newman (Fanboys). “Her briefing is Teen Vogue, Seventeen, and everything from Mean Girls to Clueless.”

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