First Trailer for 'Romeo & Juliet' with Hailee Steinfeld & Douglas Booth

April 12, 2013
Source: Digital Spy

Romeo & Juliet

Everyone knows the Shakespeare tragedy of star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet, but this time it's "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes bringing the story to life. However, it doesn't seem like he's done much to make the material more engaging, as the first trailer for the adaptation starring Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth ("The Pillars of the Earth") looks to be pretty dry and boring. Maybe the presence of Paul Giamatti, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Damian Lewis will make it better, but as of now, it doesn't look like it can shake a stick at Baz Lurhmann's contemporary adaptation. Watch!

Here's the first trailer for Carlo Carlei's Romeo & Juliet from Digital Spy (via The Playlist):

Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei directs this adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic Romeo & Juliet, adapted by "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes. Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth ("The Pillars of the Earth") play the star-crossed lovers whose love blossoms despite coming from two rival families: The Montagues and The Capulets. Paul Giamatti, Ed Westwick, Stellan Skarsgard, Natasha McElhone, Kodi Smit-McPhee and more also star in the film which is currently slated to hit theaters in the United Kingdom on July 26th, but does not yet have a distribution deal in the United States. Stay tuned.

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  • Kryan
    LOL at "it doesn't look like it can shake a stick at Baz Lurhmann's contemporary adaptation." Lurhmann's R+J, like all other Lurhmann movies not called Strictly Ballroom, is a steaming pile of (to quote Vin Scully) fertilizer.
    • ...but, had guns and rock music...
      • robephiles
        We should applaud Ethan for saying that Shakespeare is boring unless it had ADD editing, a rock soundtrack and bright colors. Who else but Ethan will stand for the philistines, the shallow and the stupid. Credit where credit is due.
  • Zade_92
    Looks like Romeo and Juliet for Tweens with mediocre performances.
    • Thexn
      Problem is those Tweens they're aiming this for will be sitting there texting their friends "What did he/she just say?" Using olde English on them is like clubbing a seal with a golden stick. Sure it works, but it's a little more then they need.
      • Robephiles
        Shakespeare is not written in "Olde English." Beowulf is written in Olde English.
        • Thexn
          Ok, not Olde but Old. Either way kids today won't have a freakin' clue.
  • truong18
  • so many better Shakespeare plays to be done .... ugh
  • whatsxhisxname
    No one will top leo dicaprio
  • Linkfx
    I thought this actually looks promising. Any Shakespeare on film is better than none and these actors actually look pretty great, the right age for the roles.
  • Sal Featherstone
    Only interested if Juliet goes topless, like the 1960s version. I doubt that will happen in today's overly politically correct world.
  • Barbara Ruiz
    I admit I've never been able to sit through any Romeo and Juliet movie-ever. I've come close with the one leonardo dicaprio was in. I can sit through hamlet and a midsummer nights dream in one sitting but never a romeo and juliet-I have no idea why and this one doesn't make me want to try which is sad because ever since that actress did true grit I have wanted to see what else she would do
  • Abanarzar
    What a muted and boring introduction to a possibly fatal rendering of an incredible play. Baz took a text a invigorated it for film, this looks not only lazy but cowardly. It's a complex piece and if the director didn't have a vision to enable it to be liberated on film what was the point? MEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
  • R.W.
    The world does not need anymore renditions of Romeo and Juliet. Also, I wish blowhards would stop undermining the intelligence of teens. At their age I understood Shakespeare and many of them do now.




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