O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? And why does the newest film about you look exactly like the ones that came before it?
Although William Shakespeare died 400 years ago, it seems as if the romantic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet will never be put to rest. As Orlando Bloom gears up to play the male lead on Broadway, another take on the tale of star-crossed lovers follows in the footsteps of Franco Zeffirelli‘s traditional adaptation and the unforgettably “hip” modern version starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This time around, however, director Carlo Carlei and Julian Fellowes, best known as the writer of Downton Abbey, have chosen to completely embrace the period in which the tale was written. The result: an updated version of the Zeffirelli adaptation. Huh.
At least the stars seem well fit for their roles (and in the case of the highly attractive Romeo, we emphasize the word “fit”). Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld, fresh from completing the hugely anticipated Ender’s Game, plays the young and naive Juliet alongside her hopeless romantic Romeo, portrayed by rising star Douglas Booth. The young lovers are accompanied by a powerful supporting cast of Paul Giamatti, Lesley Manville, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Stellan Skargard, and Ed Westwick.
Indeed, Will claimed that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But will the newest adaptation of his tragic love story measure up? Find out on October 11.