Monday, 23 May 2011

Romeo And Juliet

The greatest love story ever written is to be set on the silver screen, again. I’m of course talking about Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The last movie version was released 1996 and had Leonardo DiCaprio playing the suave Romeo and Claire Danes as the innocent Juliet.

According to the film will be directed by Carlo Carlei from a script by Julian Fellows (The Tourist, Gosford Park and The Young Victorian ). Fellows will produce with Gabriele Muccino, Ileen Maisel and Mark Ordesky.

Young, up and coming star Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) will portray Juliet. Hailee only turns 15 on December of this year, a truer reflection of Shakespeare’s Juliet, who was only a mere 13 going on 14. Romeo has not been cast yet, but I hope they will stay true to Shakespeare’s work and cast someone in his late teens, early twenties. reports Holly Hunter (Saving Grace) to be in negotiations to star alongside Hailee. Holly has also signed on to play the head of a teachers union in Still I Rise; a drama about the campaign by a teacher and mother to transform the quality of education in a Pittsburgh inner-city public school.

Romeo and Juliet is planned to start filming end of this year and the budget is set at around $15 million. What do you think of another Romeo and Juliet movie?

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