Sure, this trailer pretty much gives the entire movie away, but who doesn’t know the tragic story of Juliet and her Romeo? Hailee charmed us in “True Grit,” but it seems like she’ll really win our hearts here. As for Douglas Booth, his dreaminess puts young Leo’s to shame, and we don’t say that lightly.
Okay, well maybe he’s not quite at the DiCaprio level yet, but he’s still up there.
It’s the rest of the cast of this film that’s really exciting though. It seems like “Homeland” is taking over “Romeo and Juliet,” because after Claire starred in the 1996 version, her costar Damian Lewis is playing Lord Capulet in this one. Ed Westwick looks like he’s going to kill it as Tybalt—and he finally gets to speak in his British accent after years on “Gossip Girl”!—and Paul Giamatti is a guaranteed hit as Friar Laurence. Rounding out the cast are Stellan Skarsgard as the Prince of Verona and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio.
There’s always a question of whether another adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” is needed, but this trailer leads us to believe that this new version, helmed by Italian director Carlo Carlei, will add something new to the classic tale. Maybe it’s just Julian Fellowes’ involvement or the fact that we totally buy Hailee and Douglas as star-crossed lovers, but we’re totally on board with this version.
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