Hailee Steinfeld, Dave Franco, and Deborah Ann Woll Wanted for ROMEO AND JULIET Re-Imagining ROSALINE

     October 26, 2011

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The cast of Fox 2000’s period comedy Rosaline is about to get very, very pretty. Hailee Steinfeld, Dave Franco, and True Blood star Deborah Ann Woll have been offered the three leading roles in the twist on the Romeo and Juliet story. Based on Rebecca Serle’s novel When You Were Mine, the film tells the Romeo and Juliet story from the point of view of Rosaline, the jilted lover that Romeo pines for in the beginning of Shakespeare’s play. The pic is set in the 16th century, but will feature modern dialogue. Variety’s report cautions that no deals have been made with Steinfeld, Franco, and Woll just yet, and the film is still waiting for a greenlight. However, the trio signing on would probably bode well for the film’s chances. Hit the jump for more details, including who the actors are in line to play.

deborah-ann-woll-imageVariety reports that Woll is in talks to star as the title character, while Steinfeld and Franco would play Juliet and Romeo. This is a pretty great cast if you ask me. Woll is just about the only good thing left on True Blood, and Steinfeld turned a helluva lot of heads with her debut (and Oscar-nominated) performance in True Grit. Keira Knightley and Lily Collins were both previously eyed for the leading role, but I quite like the choice of Woll. The pic seems a great fit for her first starring performance in a feature film. Steinfeld was previously attached to the indie adaptation of Romeo & Juliet opposite Ed Westwick, but the report doesn’t have any mention of the current status of that project or her involvement.

The script for Rosaline was written by 500 Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber, and HBO’s Grey Gardens helmer Michael Sucsy is onboard to direct. Shawn Levy is producing. I’m pulling for things to come together, as I think the story is an interesting concept and I’m a fan of the cast that’s being courted.

Here’s the synopsis for Serle’s novel When You Were Mine:

What’s in a name, Shakespeare? I’ll tell you: Everything.

Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her–and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Rose’s cousin Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy…and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t even stand a chance.

Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends.

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