Hailee Steinfeld Stars in a New ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Film Adaptation

By Maryann Yin Comment

A new film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, directed by filmmaker Carlo Carlei, will hit the UK on October 25, 2013. According to Indiewire, the movie currently does not have a US distributor.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay. Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld portrays fair Juliet and LOL actor Douglas Booth plays Romeo.

The supporting cast includes Sideways actor Paul Giamatti as the gentle Friar Lawrence and Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick as the hot-tempered Tybalt.

Here’s more from The Wrap: “Unlike the last big screen incarnation of the classic tragedy — Baz Luhrmann‘s 1996 Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the titular lovers — this is a period piece, as opposed to a modern take.”

Later this year, William Shakespeare fans will also have a chance to see the famed starcrossed lovers in a new theatrical productionLord of the Rings actor Orlando Bloom and Tony Award-nominated actress Condola Rashad will star in a Broadway revival of Romeo & Juliet. Previews will begin on August 24th and opening night will take place on September 19th.