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

04.12.2013

ROMEO AND JULIET is one of the movies that we will continue to see remakes of for the duration of film as an medium. 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?
Source: YouTube

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