Hailee Steinfeld to Find Star-Crossed Love in New 'Romeo and Juliet'
Because people just love tragedy, audiences are going to get yet another iteration of William Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers from opposing families. THR reports Italian director Carlo Carlei is behind a new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and while I could normally care less, True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld is set to play Juliet in the film. Sure she's already been nominated for an Academy Award at the young age of 14, but taking a leap to Shakespearean verse is no easy feat. We've heard about a couple projects for Steinfeld recently, but this is supposed to shoot later this spring, so it's definitely next for her.
The indie adaptation is slated to start shooting in Italy with a budget around $15 million, but that doesn't mean some big name talent won't find their way to the project. That's because Gosford Park writer Julian Fellowes is behind the screenplay, and Seven Pounds director Gabriele Muccino is producing. Hopefully their take on the classic tale will bring something fresh to the big screen. For my money, it's going to be hard to rival Baz Luhrmann's recent adaptation, a film which kept Shakespeare's classic writing in tact, but set the story in present day. But with Steinfeld's career just beginning, I'm definitely curious to see her make a splash. What do you think?