Violent Delights: A New Romeo and Juliet Film Coming Soon


Me, an hour ago on Tumblr:  Scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll… Wait.  What’s this?

Yep.  It’s time for a new cinematic interpretation of the Ultimate Forbidden Love.  It’s been seventeen years, believe it or not, when the then 17-year-old Claire Danes starred as Juliet, opposite 22-year-old Leonardo di Caprio as Romeo.


This time, the play is returned to Shakespeare’s  intended era and setting, the early 14th century in Verona (the Danes-di Caprio version was a “hip and modern” take, set in a “suburb of Verona”).

Visually, this new film looks lush and beautiful (at least from the trailer).  Its young stars, 17-year-old Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet and 21-year-old Douglas Booth could be described as lush and beautiful as well.

Paul Giamatti will star as Friar Laurence, reason enough to see the film, in my opinion.


Damian Lewis plays Lord Capulet (Six Degrees game, anyone? A:  Lewis now plays opposite Claire Danes as Nicholas Brody in Homeland).  

Still 3 Romeo and Juliet

Adding to the appeal is that the film is directed by Julian Fellowes, of Downton Abbey fame.

The film opens in limited release in the United States on October 11, 2013.