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Booth & Steinfeld (maybe they're going for a brother/sister vibe this time?)Finally... In case you haven't heard it's contractual by law that every generation get their own Romeo and Juliet. Or thereabouts. There was kind of a big gap between Franco Zeffirelli's (1968) and Baz Luhrmann's (1996) but it's basically a perennial. Perhaps because it's Shakespeare it's never a grotesque matter of 'rebooting' so much as "hey, we haven't done that one in a while!"

Variety reports that we have our new Romeo and Juliet and it's 19 year old British actor Douglas Booth and 15 year-old Hailee Steinfeld for the new version, scripted by Julian Fellowes. If you ask me they're never going to be able to top Baz's psychovisual poetry or the doubleplusgood acting of Leo + Claire but here's a bright note: Holly Hunter as Nurse!!!

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Reader Comments (15)

I've only seen Douglas Booth on the arm of Naya Rivera at the SAG's but I approve because...look at him! I'm less than impressed with Steinfeld's casting. I'm the only one around oscar season who was displeased with her O-nomination and performance. Hopefully she can prove she has chops to me with this.

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonathon

Perhaps this is the Romeo and Juliet that can sit in the same room as Zeffirelli's version. (No insult meant to Baz's version... well, a bit of insult. I can't stand it.) I love Fellowes and Stanfield, but this director, Carlo Carlei, worries me. Not exactly a promising filmography.

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike P

I'd only heard of Booth as Naya Rivera's arm-candy at SAG, so this is obviously a big step up.

Good writer, good cast.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSC

I saw Franco's film yesterday. It is simpliy unwatchable. and yes SPOILER alert, he sucks d**k in a very Brown Bunny way in it.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCristhian

Gorgeous Rome and Juliet, but really...another one so soon? I guess there are now kids who don't even know of Baz's version.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

he sucks d**k in a very Brown Bunny way in it.

Really Christian? So it is a film I want to see soon. (I know, I'm a pervert. Especially with Franco)

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

^ Hahah, I know right. If James Franco sucks d**k, I'm not sure it's unwatchable for me....lol

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Cristhian -- i think if it were in a Brown Bunny way, it would be fully visible, unsimulated and it's all any of the blogs would be talking about today ;) so... perhaps it's more like a [insert many other movies with highly suggestive but not actual visuals

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathanielR

Yes yes ... But who is playing Mercutio? That's all I care about.

I'm a little worried about Hailee Steinfeld's choices. I was really hoping she would make some fun movies she would have liked to see in theatres. Sort of do an Anna Paquin post-Oscar thing right now.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

Well, you see his mouth and his face and you see something going in his mouth.. it may be a dildo, but he goes there and he seems to enjoy it..

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCristhian

Um, the Zeffirelli version of Romeo & Juliet remains the gold standard in my opinion. I saw it when I was about 12 years old (and the film was just a handful of years old), and I was mesmerized from beginning to end. Such passion. Baz's version was okay, but still...

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Alamitos Beach

"Well, you see his mouth and his face and you see something going in his mouth.. it may be a dildo, but he goes there and he seems to enjoy it.."

Yes, my dreams almost came true!!!... lol. I think I will enjoyed the film in a good or bad way :P. Also how is the scene between James Franco and Michael Shannon?

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

YAWN. Wake me up when its over!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

She's actually 14. She won't be 15 til December.


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