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I’m not sure if it’s the kids that love this particular tragic, everyone-dies-at-the-end (spoiler?) love story, or if it’s the adults who think kids love this particular tragic love story. Either way, there’s another decently budgeted Romeo and Juliet coming your way, this one called, well, “Romeo and Juliet”, starring the girl from “True Grit”. The film boasts a script by the guy behind “Downton Abbey” and is directed by Carlo Carrel.
This is definitely one movie where you don’t need someone to explain to you what it’s all about, but just in case there are kids out there who have never heard of it (it’s called reading, kids, embrace it), it goes like this:
Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s epic and searing tale of love, is revitalized on screen by writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and director Carlos Carlei (The Flight of the Innocent). An ageless story from the world’s most renowned author is reimagined for the 21st Century. This adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting it was written, but gives a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend. With an all-star cast including Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgard, it affords those unfamiliar with the tale the chance to put faces to the two names they’ve undoubtedly heard innumerable times: Romeo and Juliet. Every generation deserves to discover this lasting love.
This version stars Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ed Westwick, with Stellan Skarsgard and Paul Giamatti.
The lovebirds do the forbidden dance this October 11, 2013.