Douglas Booth Cast as Romeo Opposite Hailee Steinfeld in ROMEO AND JULIET

     June 21, 2011


It appears that director Carlo Carlei has finally found his Romeo. British actor Douglas Booth (LOL) has been cast in the lead opposite Hailee Steinfeld who will play Juliet in Carlei’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Variety reports that 19-year-old Booth beat out 300 other actors who were vying for the part. Ed Westwick is set to play Tybalt, with 14-year-old Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) on board as Benvolio. Apparently babies were considered too chubby to take on the roles in this extremely young cast.

Italian director Carlei (Flight of the Innocent) will helm from a script by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), who is also producing the film. Shooting is set to begin this summer in Italy. In addition to the aforementioned actors, Holly Hunter is set to play Nurse. The role of Mercutio has yet to be cast.

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  • Michael

    I guess he looks alright for the role, but they should have gotten someone younger, to better fit in with the others already cast.

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  • Dan J

    Babies? Are you serious? Hailee will be about 15 when they start filming. For comparison, Claire Danes was 16 when they filmed her role as Juliet. And in the book, they are 14 or 15. If anything, the guy they cast as Romeo is too old. And that’s the point, young love having no rationale, etc.

    On a side note, Natalie Portman was to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the Luhrmann version, but was scrapped because the age discrepancy made it look like he was molesting her during the love scenes.

  • Pessimist

    Finally Hollywood makes a casting choice I like. Douglas looks like he was born to play Romeo -he has this romantic look about him. I’m just said because of hail they removed sex scenes …as for their ages-in the play Juliet was meant to 14 and Romeos a bit older I guess. Who cares anyway they look so cute together

  • Alex–

    There will be sex scenes, just not of actual sex. They’ll hopefully be like the Lurhmann ‘sex scene’, rather incredible.

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