This looks to be a pretty great year for William Shakespeare adaptations. This summer Joss Whedon will be taking a break from superhero action to provide audiences with a big screen, modernized version of The Bard's great dark comedy Much Ado About Nothing, which will be in theaters on June 21st, and with any luck we'll get a release date for Carlo Carlei's Romeo and Juliet, the trailer for which you can see above via YouTube.

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. Not only does the movie have an awesome cast lined up that features the likes of Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Stellar Skarsgard, Natascha McElhone, and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the film's photography and period accoutrements looks absolutely stunning (and it certainly doesn't hurt that Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes wrote the script).

As we mentioned earlier this week when Steinfeld landed a role in Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman, this is set to be a big year for the young actress, who returns to the big screen after a two year absence with the set release of the blockbuster sci-fi adventure Ender's Game in November. Hopefully Romeo and Juliet will be joining it in the fall season as well.
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