If you were a teenager 15 years ago, your definitive Romeo and Juliet were definitely Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. If you were a teenager 25 years before that, you were all about Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey from the 1968 version of the story. Now this Tumbl'd and Twitter'd generation of teens is getting their own tragic love story, with this new adaptation of Romeo & Juliet starring up-and-coming youngsters Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth
Believe it or not, we've actually been waiting for this version of Shakespeare's most well-known love story for over two years now. The lead of Juliet was actually one of the first roles that star Hailee Steinfeld landed after her brilliant breakthrough performance in the Coen brothers' True Grit, but it looks like it was time well spent.
Based on the lasted bit of casting news for the Carlo Carlei directed Romeo and Juliet adaptation, it looks as though the film has been mining some of premium cable's talent, with Homeland’s Damian Lewis (also known for his role in HBO’s Band of Brothers), Californication’s Natascha McElhone, and Christian Cooke of Starz’ upcoming drama Magic City set to join the film, among others.
Using one story to tell another seems to be a popular theme these days, with TV series Grimm and Once Upon a Time both working famous literary characters into modern-day stories in their own ways. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been adapted to film before, but the upcoming film Juliet sounds like less of an adaptation of the tragic tale as it is a sequel, and now it has a director.
Rebecca Serle’s debut novel hasn’t even been published, yet Hollywood’s so convinced by its cinematic merit that they’ve already hired a director in Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens) for the adaptation and have begin discussions with Keira Knightley for the lead role. How’s that for a vote of confidence in Serle’s material?
Sucsy, who wrote and directed 2009’s Grey Gardens with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, has agreed to helm an adaptation of Rebecca Serle’s debut novel Rosaline, which views the classic Romeo and Juliet tale through the eyes of Romeo’s ex-girlfriend
Hunter appears to be heading back to the big screen after a six-year hiatus, signing on to one project and lining up another. She has joined Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in director Daniel Barnz’s production of Still I Rise. She’ll play the head of the teacher’s union.