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The trailer for the new Romeo and Juliet features Haillee Steinfeld, Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, and Stellan Skarsgard

Apr. 12, 2013by: Alex Maidy

ROMEO AND JULIET is one of the movies that we will continue to see remakes of for the duration of film as an medium. The last two theatrical versions were the contemporary Baz Luhrman version and the animated GNOMEO AND JULIET. This new take returns the tale to 16th century Italy complete with lush costumes and the full iambic pentameter intact.

Julian Fellowes, the writer of GOSFORD PARK and DOWNTON ABBEY, is responsible for the screenplay of this take on the Shakespeare play. He wanted the actors to be age appropriate to the original story, which is why TRUE GRIT's 16 year old Haillee Steinfeld is our new Juliet. Douglas Booth will play Romeo while the rest of the cast features Damian Lewis, Natasha McElhonne, Stellan Skarsgard, Ed Westwick, and Paul Giamatti.

From this trailer, the movie doesn't look to bring anything new or unique to the tale, but that doesn't mean it won't be a well acted interpretation. As a fan of Shakespeare, anything that can get it accessible for the young generation is a good thing. Check out the trailer and judge for yourselves.

ROMEO AND JULIET is set for release on October 25, 2013, just in time for Halloween!

Extra Tidbit: Worth seeing just for Giamatti?
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1:18PM on 04/15/2013
'ROMEO AND JULIET is one of the movies that we will continue to see remakes of for the duration of film as an medium.'

REMAKES OF A FILM? Alex, sometimes you really are a dumb shit...
'ROMEO AND JULIET is one of the movies that we will continue to see remakes of for the duration of film as an medium.'

REMAKES OF A FILM? Alex, sometimes you really are a dumb shit...
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12:53PM on 04/13/2013

I'm intrigued, mainly by Fellowes and Steinfeld

It reminds me a lot of Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version with Olivia Hussey*, Leonard Whiting and Michael York. Not sure what Fellowes will bring to the party, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
*(Somehow I doubt we'll be seeing Haillie Steinfeld's boobs, though)
It reminds me a lot of Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version with Olivia Hussey*, Leonard Whiting and Michael York. Not sure what Fellowes will bring to the party, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
*(Somehow I doubt we'll be seeing Haillie Steinfeld's boobs, though)
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12:02AM on 04/13/2013
We've been hearing about this forever and while I've become a big fan of Hailee Steinfeld, this version really doesn't look like it's bringing anything new to the table.
We've been hearing about this forever and while I've become a big fan of Hailee Steinfeld, this version really doesn't look like it's bringing anything new to the table.
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10:27PM on 04/12/2013

Hailee Steinfeld

Her performance in True Grit is enough to pull into this movie. I don't care for the story, but whenever it's done, it's done well.
Her performance in True Grit is enough to pull into this movie. I don't care for the story, but whenever it's done, it's done well.
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10:17PM on 04/12/2013
The story of an 18 year that has sex with a 13 year old that leads to 7 deaths.
The story of an 18 year that has sex with a 13 year old that leads to 7 deaths.
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9:32PM on 04/12/2013

Your forgetting

the James Cameron interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. The one where Capulets and Montagues were replaced by Na'vi and Humans
the James Cameron interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. The one where Capulets and Montagues were replaced by Na'vi and Humans
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8:16PM on 04/12/2013
Is this movie actually being made?
Is this movie actually being made?
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8:02PM on 04/12/2013
Is this the version where Romeo sparkles when he's in the sun?
Is this the version where Romeo sparkles when he's in the sun?
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7:48PM on 04/12/2013
I love Giamatti, but no thank you to another Romeo and Juliet movie.
I love Giamatti, but no thank you to another Romeo and Juliet movie.
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5:23PM on 04/12/2013
I wished Giamatti was Romeo...
And why the hell are they still producing low quality trailers in 2013?
I wished Giamatti was Romeo...
And why the hell are they still producing low quality trailers in 2013?
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5:01PM on 04/12/2013
So much content to take in today and ever before, let's add another Romeo and Juliet film on top of it all.
So much content to take in today and ever before, let's add another Romeo and Juliet film on top of it all.
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3:56PM on 04/12/2013
Deja vu, mothafuckers.
Deja vu, mothafuckers.
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3:46PM on 04/12/2013
The story of Romeo and Juliet, when you pull back the costumes and language, is tweenie romance garbage. It's a story of two idiotic kids who fall in love despite not knowing one fucking thing about each other. They're so stubborn and horny that they commit suicide.
The story of Romeo and Juliet, when you pull back the costumes and language, is tweenie romance garbage. It's a story of two idiotic kids who fall in love despite not knowing one fucking thing about each other. They're so stubborn and horny that they commit suicide.
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4:27PM on 04/12/2013
Nope, you're wrong.
Nope, you're wrong.
6:06PM on 04/12/2013
On which point? Where am I wrong?
On which point? Where am I wrong?
3:24PM on 04/12/2013

Romeo (and only Romeo) is the protagonist of R&J.

And go...
And go...
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3:24PM on 04/12/2013
A needless adaptation. Also, that trailer was awful. Yes, we all know the story but that is no excuse to show the entire movie.
A needless adaptation. Also, that trailer was awful. Yes, we all know the story but that is no excuse to show the entire movie.
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3:14PM on 04/12/2013

Must be fun for the actors

I'm personally burned out on Billy Shakes- read him and recited him A LOT in high school- but a good adaptation is a good adaptation and this appears to be such.
I'm personally burned out on Billy Shakes- read him and recited him A LOT in high school- but a good adaptation is a good adaptation and this appears to be such.
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