As someone who regularly spends her time performing one-woman Shakespearean plays in her bedroom, I can say that ne’er do I shy away from a good modern reworking of the classic texts. Joss Whedon’s upcoming Mucho Ado About Nothing is an absolute delight and pleasure, which I enjoyed every minute of. Give me a new spin on Measure for Measure, anything, but can we please cool it on the Romeo and Juliet adaptations?
Let’s be real, it’s never going to get better than Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. Even if you didn’t exactly enjoy that film and Baz isn’t your bag, you understand that he was trying to new breathe new life into something we’ve seen ad nauseum—precisely the point of what a remake should be. But as much as I love Julian Fellowes, this new trailer for the Hailee Steinfeld-led Romeo and Juliet looks to do nothing of the sort. Dramatic, epic, well-acted, sure, but we’ve seen this a million times. And as much as I am sure I will enjoy Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence, Carlo Carlei’s version here doesn’t exactly have me thrilled. But the one thing I will support is the young cast, which will hopefully help to excite and expose a younger audience into enjoying Shakespeare. Maybe.
So far, the film hasn’t found US distribution but in the meantime check out the trailer below or just watch THIS.