Sunday, May 1, 2016

ABC FINISHES CASTING FOR ROMEO & JULIET SEQUEL EPIC TV SERIES 'STILL STAR CROSSED' WITH TORRANCE COOMBS, ANTHONY HEAD, GRANT BOWLER, WADE BRIGGS

'STILL STAR CROSSED' EPIC
'ROMEO & JULIET' TV SEQUEL
Now, here's an extreme example of the current trend of diversity in Hollywood: a new historical series in which the young nobles of the 16th century Verona will be played by black actors! What do you say about that? ABC has finished casting actors for their new epic series STILL STAR CROSSED with the pilot ready to start shooting this month.

The small screen adaptation of the book by Melinda Taub, STILL STAR CROSSED is set in 16th century Verona and picks up where William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet left off, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.

TORRANCE COOMBS, ANTHONY HEAD, GRANT BOWLER STAR
This time the story will revolve around Rosaline (Lashana Lynch), an intelligent and headstrong Capulet and Juliet’s cousin who is taken in by the Capulets after her parents die, forced to suffer her aunt's cruelty as a servant, and then ordered to marry dangerous and deadly handsome Benvolio (Wade Briggs), a Montague, who is against it at first but will later on fall in love with Rosaline who is smart, although not beautiful. Since they're dead, Romeo and Juliet will appear only in flashbacks, and will be played by Danish actress Clara Rugaard and British black hunk Lucien Laviscount. Among the more famous names in the cast, Anthony Head plays Lord Capulet. Kind and powerful, Lord Capulet is a thoughtful man with a sunny, jovial disposition. However, he will turn on you if you cross him. ROME's Zuleikha Robinson is his evil wife Lady Capulet. His fellow SyFy star Grant Bowler will play rival Lord Montague, scary, rugged, ruthless and brilliant man hellbent on raising his family’s fortunes, no matter the cost. Meanwhile, magnetic Torrance Coombs, who left CW's REIGN in which he played French prince Sebastian, will be prince again, this time Paris, the chivalrous and seductive Count of Mantua, who was betrothed to Juliet before she died. Dan Hildebrand will play Friar Lawrence, who uses the church to climb the social ladder. Sterling Sulieman will be Prince Escalus, while Medalion Rahimi will play Princess Isabella, intelligent, outspoken and practical with inner steel. Ebonee Noel will play Rosaline's younger sister Livia,

22 comments:

  1. Too many remakes of love and unhappy predictable ending?

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    1. 'tis not a remake, but a follow up to Romeo and Juliet story, Fran

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  2. hmmm not sure how a sequel fits. Will have to see what turns out.

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    1. it is the strangest of castings... like ever...

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  3. Colour-blind casting is old hat in British and Canadian Shakespearean productions. Glad TV is finally catching up.

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    1. yep, Brits like to put black and Hindu people in their epic series too.

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  4. I must be out of the loop, because I don't know any of the actors! I'll definitely check it out though because there's some serious eye candy here!

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    1. and they will be all wearin' tights :) Torrance is from REIGN, Lucien was one selected to star in SELECTION adaptation if I remember correctly and the rest of the youngsters are just newcomers, methinks. I know that that Lashana girl does not look to me like a star material at all so I don't know who she is supposed to lead a show... we shall see

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    2. I haven't seen Reign yet, though it is on my must see list. I have so many shows to catch up on, I need to move it in my old age before I die and miss them altogether ;)

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    3. I'm still watching it, although it is getting crazier and crazier, one of them series in which things are starting to lose any logic :) It is still fun, though, since I don't miss me an epic show on the telly.... and they air it on Mondays now.... boring Mondays...

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  5. Sounds like an interesting twist to Romeo & Juliet.

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    1. could be fun if it survives beyond pilot

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  6. Interesting take for a sequel. When I first heard about it, I wondered if Romeo and Juliet would be alive still. Guess not.:)

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  7. A follow up...huuum... not zombie inspired, I hope.. ;) Cheers Dez!

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  8. Exactly what Theresa said....Could be an interesting show!

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  9. Oh wow, the cast is HOT. It might be a nice change from the classic story.

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