Deborah Ann Woll, Dave Franco And Hailee Steinfeld Offered Roles In Rosaline
It looks like Kiera Knightly and Lily Collins were both too busy to be in director Michael Sucsy's alternate take on Romeo and Juliet called Rosaline, as now offers are out to another actress.
According to Variety, True Blood star Deborah Ann Woll, True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld and Fright Night's Dave Franco have all been offered roles in Sucsy's new take to the classic Shakespeare play. While the deals are out, negotiations have not yet begun, as the project has not yet been given the greenlight. The movie is based on "When You Were Mine," the debut novel by Rebecca Serle, which won't actually be hitting bookshelves until next May. In the story, the protagonist, the titular Rosaline, is Romeo's first love, but was ditched after he met Juliet and they began their torrid love affair. Also interesting about the project is that it will be the opposite of Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet, as it will be set in 16th century Verona, but the actors will use modern parlance.
Should the deals go through, Woll would play Rosaline while Franco and Steinfeld would play Romeo and Juliet, respectively. Ignoring the age difference for a moment (Franco is 22 while Steinfeld is only 15), what makes this story really strange is that this isn't the only offer out for Steinfeld to play the bard's most famous female character. Back in April it was reported that the actress has signed on for an independent production set to be made by Italian director Carlo Carlie. One can imagine that this will end up affecting her decision whether or not to take the role.
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