Allison Williams to Star in 'Rosaline' & Shortlisted for 'Fantastic Four'
by Ethan Anderton
April 30, 2013
As a series regular on the HBO series "Girls," Allison Williams has started quite a promising career. Now the daughter NBC News anchor Brian Williams has her sights set on the big screen. Deadline has word that Williams is currently in talks to take the lead role in Rosaline, an adaptation of Rebecca Serle's novel When You Were Mine which is inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, but puts a bit of a twist on the story along with setting in a contemporary high school. The script comes from (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now duo Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, so it should be good. More below!
Here's the official synopsis of the book:
Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy…and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t stand a chance.
Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends.
Sounds like very interesting approach to some familiar material, not unlike 10 Things I Hate About You which was based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. This has been developing for a few years now with Shawn Levy producing through his 21 Laps banner and names like Hailee Steinfeld and Lily Collins coming and going for the lead role. Williams shows some promise, but this will be a real test to see if she has what it takes to be a leading lady. But that might not be all she has lined up for a future on the big screen with Fox.
Williams is apparently also on the shortlist to star in the gestating reboot of Fantastic Four, one of the Marvel Comics properties Fox owns that hasn't reverted back to Marvel Studios. However, she's merely on a shortlist and development is still in the early stages, so there's no guarantee that she'll end up with the part. Josh Trank, who directed the surprise hit Chronicle, is lined up to direct the film which is slated for release in 2015. Expect to hear some more developments on Fantastic Four soon and see who ends up being part of the superhero quartet. Thoughts?