Oscar-nominated Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) will play the bright, young Juliet, with British heartthrob Douglas Booth (“Great Expectations”) playing her star-crossed lover, Romeo. The House of Capulet is rounded out with Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) as Lord Capulet, Natascha McElhone (“Californication”) as Lady Capulet, Lesley Manville (“Another Year”) as the Nurse and Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl”) as Tybalt; with the rival Montagues played by Tomas Arana as Lord Montague, Laura Morante as Lady Montague and Kodi Smit-McPhee (“Let Me In”) as Benvolio. Other actors include Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”) as Friar Laurence, Christian Cooke (“Cemetery Junction”) as Mercutio, Tom Wisdom (“300″) as Count Paris, Leon Vitali (“Eyes Wide Shut”) as the Apothecary and Stellan Skarsgard (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) as Prince of Verona.
That official synopsis is all about the cast, because you should know the story – no need for a summary of what Shakespeare wrote hundreds of years ago and which has been retold thousands of times. But, my question is, what’s the angle here? Are kids really gonna dig a classic vision of this romantic fable? Are chiselled jaws and the guy from Homeland enough to bring people to the theatre?
No release date has yet been set. It’s directed by Carlo Carlei and has been adapted by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey).