Casting Call: Breslin to Star in THE CLASS PROJECT; Knightley and Collins Eyed for Lead in ROMEO & JULIET Re-Imagining, ROSALINE

     August 17, 2011

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We have a couple quick casting stories for you this afternoon.  First up, Abigail Breslin has signed on to star in the dark indie drama The Class Project.  Per Variety, “Story follows two sisters who, tired of their mother’s alcoholism and her abusive boyfriends, take matters into their own hands and plot to kill her.”  I want to make fun of that logline, but it actually sounds like an intriguing premise and a nice development for the Little Miss Sunshine star.  Stan Brooks will direct from a script by Fabrizio Filippo and Adam Till.  Shooting begins later this month.

Breslin recently did some voice acting for Gore Verbinski’s Rango and she’ll next be seen in Gerry Marshall’s massive romantic comedy New Year’s Eve.  Hit the jump for casting news on the Romeo & Juliet spinoff/re-imagining, Rosaline.

It took me a few times to read Vulture‘s story to figure out what was happening, but now I can break it down for you.  Author Rebecca Serle has a book coming out in May called Before You Were Mine.  The novel is a spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet by looking at the story from the perspective of Romeo’s prior love, Rosaline and then seeing her fall in love with Romeo’s cousin, Benvolio.  Fox 2000 picked up the rights, Shawn Levy (Date Night) came on to produce, (500) Days of Summer screenwriters Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber were brought on to adapt, and Michael Sucsy (HBO’s Grey Gardens) will direct the adaptation, now called Rosaline.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, Vulture reports that Keira Knightley is Levy’s top choice to play Rosaline and that early discussions are happening with her reps (read: Shawn Levy has a list of actresses and there have been some phone calls).  Vulture also hears that rising star Lily Collins (Priest) is also a contender for the lead.

Rosaline would be set in the 16th century, but the characters will use modern-day speech.  I’m sure that won’t be distracting.

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