Is the world ready for yet another take on the classic William Shakespeare work “Romeo and Juliet?” Pretty soon, it won’t matter. Julian Fellowes, creator of PBS hit “Downton Abbey,” has penned an adaptation of the play about two star-crossed lovers.
This incarnation stars Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) as Juliet Capulet and Douglas Booth (“LOL”) as Romeo Montague. Elsewhere in the cast, Paul Giamatti plays Friar Lawrence, Stellan Skarsgard is Prince Escalus of Verona, Natascha McElhone takes on the role of Lady Capulet and “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick dons long hair to become Tybalt.
Unlike the last big screen adaptation of the story, 1996’s “Romeo + Juliet” by Baz Lurhman, this version is takes place in a traditional setting, sticking closely to the original work. While “Romeo and Juliet” is set for an October 25 release in the U.K., a date hasn’t been announced for the United States.