Sunday, October 14, 2012

HOLLYWOOD SPY SPOTLIGHT ON EPIC TALE "ROMEO & JULIETE" WITH HAILEE STEINFELD, DOUGLAS BOOTH, DAMIAN LEWIS, TOM WISDOM, ED WESTWICK, PAUL GIAMATTI, STELLAN SKARSGARD

 Here's a treat for you: the first pictures from the new version of ROMEO & JULIET have started arriving. Ready to hit cinemas April 2013, directed by Italian moviemaker Carlo Carlei and adapted by DOWNTON
 ABBEY and GOSFORD PARK's Julian Fellows, the film will stick to the original period seen in William Shakespeare's play set in the fair city of Verona. Romeo (Douglas Booth) and Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), the children of the feuding Montague and Capulet families, meet at a feast and fall deeply in love. Despite the sworn disdain their families hold for one another, they steal away and are secretly wed by Friar Laurence (Paul Giamatti). It is not long, however, before trouble ensues… Unaware of his daughter’s transgressions, Lord Capulet (Damian Lewis), Juliet’s father, has arranged for Juliet to take the
hand of Count Paris (Tom Wisdom) in marriage. Devastated and defiant Juliet seeks the counsel of Friar Laurence, who concocts a devious plan that will alter the lives of both families forever.

ROMEO & JULIET CAST
Young Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld appears in the role of Juliet, while young British hunk Douglas Booth (you've seen him recently in BBC's "Great Expectations") portrays her star-crossed lover, Romeo. The House of Capulet will also see HOMELAND and BAND OF BROTHERS' Damian Lewis as Lord Capulet, Natascha McElhone as Lady Capulet, Lesley Manville as the Nurse (Holly Hunter was originally supposed to play the role) and GOSSIP GIRL's Ed Westwick as Romeo's rival Tybalt. The House of Montague is lead by Tomas Arana as Lord Montague, Laura Morante as Lady
 Montague and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio. The cast also includes Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence, Christian Cooke as Mercutio, Tom Wisdom (he was marvelous in 300 Spartan epic) as Count Paris, 
Leon Vitali as the Apothecary and Stellan Skarsgard as Prince of Verona. Oscar-winning designer Milena Canonero has filled the film with opulent embroideries, pearl buttons, gold and silver and tones of velvet and glittering heraldry.
OTHER R & J PROJECTS
If you have been following HOLLYWOOD SPY last few years, you will know that Carlo Carlei's film isn't the only project based on William Shakespeare's play coming up in the near future. McG (TERMINATOR SALVATION) is preparing ROMEO AND JULIET primetime show for ABC that will focus on two feuding families in Venice, California. There's also ROSALINE, which is only inspired by the Shakespeare's play and tells the story from the perspective of Rosaline who was Romeo's girlfriend before he entered the doomed relationship with Juliet.Lilly Collins and Dave Franco are in the cast.


26 comments:

  1. I love Romeo and Juliet. My fave version is Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version with Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting. I cannot wait to see this. The cast looks so pretty, particularly Ed and Tom. ;)

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    1. Oooh, I hear most people love that version. I've never seen it myself. Didn't Mel Gibson have a bad version too?
      Cannot wait to see Douglas and Damian, and Tom Wisdom has always been a fave of mine :)

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    2. This is the very best version, imo. Olivia Hussey is radiant.

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    3. I will have to check it out, then. What a crazy surname :) :)

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  2. Swoon. I love, love, love the costumes, and the cast too. Looking so forward to this one.

    It's time for a new classic version on film. The Zeffirelli one is great, but I recently tried to watch it again and it is showing it's age a little. Oh, hell, so am I. :PP

    And I'm kind of interested in the Rosaline show. Could be fun.

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    1. yep, lovely costumes and lovely young cast :) We still have to wait and see if the show is going to happen.

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  3. Nice to see a couple of old, reliable stalwarts like Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgard in "Romeo and Juliet."

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    1. somebody's gotta play the oldies :)

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  4. Tragic young love, great cast and opulent costumes ~ I am looking forward to it ~

    Happy weekend to you~

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  5. Hi Dezzy - Love the movie poster for Romeo and Juliet. Wow! Romeo and Juliet has always been one of those stories where I struggle with the ending. Why do I want to watch a show where they end up dead in the end? Now if they did a Romeo and Juliet where the couple find another way... a way to live and love. Well, that's a story I'd read, even watch. Okay, I should write it. LOL

    Hope your weekend is going well.

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    1. guess love wouldn't be so romantic if it wasn't tragic sometimes :(
      A boring weekend for me, hope yours is nice and fun :)

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  6. What is the deal with all of these classics coming to the big screen? I went to the movies last night and saw a preview for Les Miserables.

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    1. ah,believe it or not, I'm preparing LES MISERABLES spotlight for next Sunday :))

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  7. I've read and seen Romeo and Juliet plenty of times, but one more time won't hurt. ;)

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  8. Tybalt is the enemy of Romeo, he isn't his friend. Tybalt is Juliet's cousin.

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    1. ah, sorry for the mistake, I wanted to write Romeo's foe! Will correct it.

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    2. don't worry :) Anyway thank you for this post! can't wait to see this movie! I'm a fan of Douglas :)

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    3. we do love Douglas :) I will probably post the news on him doing STRONGHOLD in tomorrow's post :)

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  9. Great article! Posted your link and article on Tom Wisdom's website. :) And yes, he was awesome in '300'!

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    1. thank you, my dear, I'm honoured to be linked at Tomzie's site :) Adore him and his work, wish he would have more roles, such an amazing person and charisma. Loved him ever since I saw him in that show about stewards, and he was my absolute fave in 300 too!

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  10. Great post Dezzy! I'm very curious about this one, esp with Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet. She's absolutely impressive in True Grit, I wish she had been cast as Snow White instead of that expressionless K-Stew!

    I've been wondering what happens to Tom Wisdom as he was quite memorable in 300 (quite a feat given how many hunks are in that movie!) :D

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    1. I can't wait to see Tom Wisdom and Douglas Booth in this one, and Damian Lewis too.

      Yep, 300 gave birth to so many amazing actors, from Tom to Butler and Fassbender!

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