“Letters” is loosely based on the book by Lise and Ceil Friedman, which collects the real-life letters sent to William Shakespeare’s Juliet. Though she sprang entirely from Shakespeare’s imagination, Verona legend has assigned her a home, a tomb, and a balcony that is popular destination for visitors and weddings. Letters have been sent to Juliet since the Victorian era, but they’ve increased over the years, particularly whenever a new film adaptation comes out. She’s become a bit of a saint to the lovelorn, who write to her begging for sympathy and advice.
The film, which will be directed by Gary Winick (“Bride Wars”), naturally needs a bit more story to go with it. This re-imagining of “Letters” centers on a young couple (Seyfried and Bernal) who take a trip to Italy and accidentally receive a letter meant for Juliet. It’s from a woman (Redgrave) searching for the Italian man who she enjoyed a romance with in her youth. Seyfried’s character takes it upon herself to reunite the long lost couple, and combs Italy looking for the woman’s other half, played by Nero. Movie art will imitate real life, as Nero and Redgrave are a real life couple; they met while playing Lancelot and Guinevere (another pair of star-crossed lovers!) in the 1967 adaptation of “Camelot.”
The film begins production on June 25 in Italy. Considering “Eclipse” begins shooting in August, there’s going to be a lot of love at Summit this summer!
MTV readers, would you write a letter to Juliet? Will you watch this cast go on an Italian quest for romance? Or will you take a break on star-crossed couples between “Twilight” installments?