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Remember that new movie version of "Romeo and Juliet" that "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld was attached to? Yeah, we had completely forgotten about it, too, but now there's a trailer to jog our memories.
Directed by Carlo Carlei and starring Douglas Booth as Romeo, this newfangled "R&J" looks decidedly ... calmer than Baz Luhrmann's game-changing 1996 version starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. But hey, it's, you know, a pretty good script by a fella named Bill Shakespeare, if we remember correctly, and it's nice to see Steinfeld in a more girly-girl role as compared to her terrific tomboyish turn in "True Grit."
The supporting cast is pretty great, too, with Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio, Damian Lewis as Lord Capulet, Natascha McElhone as Lady Capulet, Lesley Manville as the Nurse, Ed Westwick as Tybalt, Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence, Christian Cooke as Mercutio, Tomas Arana as Lord Montague, Laura Morante as Lady Montague, Tom Wisdom as Count Paris, Leon Vitali as the Apothecary and Stellan Skarsgard as Prince of Verona. Quite the impressive dramatis personae.
Check out the trailer above, and thanks to ComingSoon.net for the find.
All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...
• Beware the roaring rampage of the Oldgirl! Charlize Theron has signed on to star in the American adaptation of "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance," the third installment in "Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy. [Deadline]
• "Cinderella" has a new evil stepmother — in the form of Cate Blanchett. The "Hobbit" beauty will be providing villainy to director Mark Romanek's live-action take on the classic fairy tale. [Deadline]
• As long as there are movies, James Franco will star in a lot of them. One of the busiest actors in the show business has signed on to "Good People," a morality play in which a dead broke couple finds a few hundred thousand bucks in their neighbor's abandoned apartment. [The Wrap] Get More »
Tearing apart your house with Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld sounds fun, right? It looks fun, too, in the new video for The Cab's song "Endlessly."
The 15-year-old "True Grit" star landed the gig by simply tweeting to The Cab front man Alex DeLeon about how much she loves the song; DeLeon responded and even dedicated the song to her during a performance, before offering her the lead role in a music video that's been in the works for the past year. Get More »
All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...
• John Cusack is a triple threat this week! In just the past few days he's scored roles in the legal drama "Due Process," the Stephen King adaptation "Cell" (Cusack's second King adventure, following "1408") and Roger Avary's "Duel"-type thriller, "Airspace."
• Hollywood loves it when a one-night stand leads to true love (and, often, a baby ... and not always in that order). Deadline reports that Amanda Seyfried and Patrick Dempsey will be playing unexpectedly expecting parents in "Wonderful Tonight," a romantic comedy that we hope gets a new title sooner rather than later (sorry, Mr. Clapton, but do you really need the extra money?). Get More »
Well, where has this one been hiding?
Kristen Wiig and Hailee Steinfeld are set to explore a rather polarizing relationship as they've signed on for the indie drama, "Hateship, Friendship," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Guy Pearce and Nick Nolte are also attached to the film that's been flying under the radar and is set to start shooting in mere days. Get More »
Hailee Steinfeld is growing up. Sure, she held her own against Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in the Coen Brothers' "True Grit" when she was only 14, but she's about to experience the true teenage rite of passage: heartbreak. Word on the Hollywood streets is that Steinfeld is in final talks to join the upcoming comedy, "Why We Broke Up." Need we say more?
OK, we will (say more, that is). Adapted from a book by Daniel Handler (who also wrote the Lemony Snicket series), the story follows Min (Steinfeld), a high-school sophomore who enjoys hanging out with her friends at their favorite coffee shop. Sounds pretty tame to us. But when she falls for Ed, a senior and captain of the basketball team, she gets swept away by their roller coaster romance, which (we assume) ends kinda badly.
A few weeks after their break-up, Min drops off a letter and box of mementos on Ed's porch, spurring an unforeseen chain of events. Hey, no one said break-ups were easy. Get More »
Lily Collins is set to swap a fairy tale for a little Shakespeare.
The "Mirror Mirror" star will soon be getting tragically romantic as she's signed on to star in "Rosaline," a spinoff of the Bard's classic love story, "Romeo and Juliet," according to Variety.
"Rosaline," which is based on a yet-to-be-published novel by Rebecca Serles, centers on the young woman whom Romeo mentions a few times during the first act of Shakespeare's play, a would-be ladylove he quickly dumps (off-stage) once he gets a look at Juliet. If Romeo had stayed with Rosaline, there would've been no "Romeo and Juliet" -- now it's time to hear her side of the story. Get More »
Dapper Sir Ben Kingsley is headed for outer space, but at least he's in good company.
Kingsley is the latest high-profile addition to the sci-fi teen drama "Ender's Game," which is finally getting off the ground after years in the black hole of Hollywood limbo. Kingsley's "Hugo" costar Asa Butterfield is taking on the role of Ender, a lonely but talented kid who's snagged by the government to train in weird "War Games"-like simulations to fight the giant alien insects that have already gotten their grubby mandibles on Earth once before. Get More »
Most films like to build the hype slowly, revealing the cast one piece at a time like "The Hunger Games" all summer and fall. But the upcoming adaptation of Orson Scott Card's fellow young adult sci-fi classic "Ender's Game" is taking a different tack: They're just dumping the whole thing on us all at once.
So here you go: According to The Film Stage, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld and Harrison Ford have all officially signed on to play major roles, along with no less than six other young stars. Now this is really going to test the limits of your tweeting skill. Get More »