A new update has revealed the actors rounding out the cast of Carlo Carlei‘s Shakespeare adaptation of Romeo and Juliet; best actress nominee Lesley Manville, Homeland‘s Damian Lewis and Stellan Skarsgard have all finalized negotiations to provide their talents in the adaptation. [The Playlist]
These newcomers are welcomed by True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth as Romeo, as well as Paul Giamatti, Ed Westwick, and Kodi Smit-McPhee, who have been cast in various roles related to the two lovers. The trio will play Lady Capulet, Lord Capulet and Prince of Verona, respectively. Oscar-winning scribe, Julian Fellowes is writing the script, where he aims to stay true to the original, in matters of the time period.
When Fellowes talked with THR very recently, “[he] felt that it had been quite a long time since there had been a romantic, traditional rendition of the piece.” Here’s more of his thoughts below:
“People have made Romeo since then — and some very good ones — but they were set in modern Ohio or whatever. This isn’t that. This is the romantic medieval love story as conceived by Shakespeare. We felt that really what we needed was just to make it slightly more accessible to today’s generation. That, I hope, is all we’ve done. My dream would be that you watch it and you think you’ve watched the whole thing written by Shakespeare.”
Although I’m happy with this big casting news, I feel like this project is full of contradictions; first the project was described as a Romeo and Juliet for the Twilight generation, and now Fellowes is insisting on keeping it very medieval and Shakespearen — which is fine for people familiar with the somewhat difficult Shakespearen dialect. I’m afraid that if they maintain this very strict medieval aspect, they’ll loose a lot of interest from the generation they’re trying to appeal to.
What are your thoughts on this casting news? Do you think Fellowes is being too ambitious?
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, TFS’ Dan Mecca, writer Danny King and I briefly discuss Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner, before diving into a feature review of Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi drama Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson. Following that, we take a look at the films coming to [...]
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out [...]
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we believe it’s our duty to highlight the recent, recommended titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of [...]
In theaters now, Ivan Reitman‘s new film, Draft Day, does quite a bit with a hard subject. Part of that is the writing, but a lot of the success on screen is due to the amassing of talent Reitman manages and the flash he implants into ordinary scenes. The life of a GM during a tumultuous and pressure-packed [...]