A star has finally been cast in director Michael Suscy’s (Grey Gardens) Romeo and Juliet re-imagining Rosaline. Variety reports that Lily Collins (Abduction) is in early talks to star in the pic which is based on Rebecca Serle’s novel When You Were Mine. The period film tells the Romeo and Juliet story from the point of view of Rosaline, Romeo’s jilted ex-lover. The script was written by (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber.
Hailee Steinfeld, Dave Franco, and Deborah Ann Woll had all been sought for roles in the pic, but apparently deals were never closed. Steinfeld’s was a curious case, as the actress is also starring as Juliet in another period Romeo and Juliet film from director Carlo Carlei. Collins (the daughter of drummer Phil Collins) gets her shot at a starring role this March in Tarsem Singh’s Snow White take Mirror Mirror. If she closes the deal on Rosaline, expect more casting news for the comedy soon. While I’m usually not high on the idea of more than one project from the same source material, I think Rosaline provides an interesting take on the story and Suscy has more than proved his talent behind the camera on HBO’s Grey Gardens. [UPDATE: Collins is in negotiations to play Juliet, while Woll and Franco have entered into negotiations to play Rosaline and Romeo, respectively.]