Giamatti joins Romeo and Juliet

Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld and British newcomer Douglas Booth have landed the title roles, while Holly Hunter, Ed Westwick and Kodi Smit-McPhee are also attached to the project.

Now Sideways star Giamatti is joining the cast as the wise old Friar Lawrence.

The movie, directed by Carlo Carlei, will begin shooting in Italy later this month (Jan12) and is expected to hit cinemas at the end of the year (12).