Juliet Helps With Romance In New Comedy
Letters to Juliet is a non-fiction book about people who write letters to the fictional heroine of Shakespeare's play, and the volunteers who answer those letters. Not exactly the easiest material to adapt for film, unless you do what Summit Entertainment is doing, and make up a whole story around it.
That's how Amanda Seyfried and Gael Garcia Bernal will find themselves in Italy this summer, starring in the Gary Winick-directed Letters to Juliet. Variety reports that Seyfried and Bernal will play a couple who find a letter written by an older woman Vanessa Redgrave) to Juliet, searching for a man she fell in love with years ago. Seyfried's character then travels across Tuscany in an attempt to find the man. Evidently she's successful, because he's played by Franco Nero.
Winick, who most recently made Bride Wars, may wind up giving a generic romantic comedy gloss to a movie that otherwise sounds very original and sweet. Then again, he made the emotionally nuanced Charlotte's Web in 2006. I'm willing to give the guy a chance, especially with this great cast at his disposal. How about you?
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