Two-time Tony-nominated Broadway director Alex Timbers is set to make his feature debut with Rosaline, Universal’s reimagining of Romeo & Juliet. A comedic take, produced by Shawn Levy and scripted by (500) Days of Summer’s Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, Rosaline is told from the point of view of the title character: Romeo’s jilted lover, the cousin of Juliet. The picture will be set in the time of the classic Shakespearean tale, but will use modern language to tell its story and is based loosely on Rebecca Serle’s novel, When You Were Mine. As THR reports, no actors are currently attached, although previous reports had Allison Williams and Deborah Ann Woll vying for the title role, and Dave Franco and Lily Collins in talks to play Romeo and Juliet.
Girls star Allison Williams is making the move into features. Williams, who plays Marnie on the polarizing HBO comedy series, has booked a starring role in an upcoming feature film and has landed on the short list for a highly anticipated superhero reboot. Deadline reports that Williams will topline the Romeo & Juliet reimagining Rosaline, which tells the classic Shakespeare story from the point of view of Rosaline, Romeo’s jilted ex-lover. Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens) is directing the period pic from a script by (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber.
The Shawn Levy-produced project was previously set up early last year with True Blood star Deborah Ann Woll in talks to play Rosaline alongside Dave Franco and Lily Collins as Romeo and Juliet, but that version of the film did not move forward. There’s no word on whether Franco and Collins are still attached, but the project is said to be mobilizing at 20th Century Fox. Hit the jump for news concerning Williams possibly starring in the Fantastic Four reboot.
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.]
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.
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.
Fox 2000 has hired Michael Suscy, director of the award-winning HBO mini-series Grey Gardens, to helm their adaptation of Rebecca Serle’s novel Rosaline. Showblitz reports that Suscy has landed the job for the film, which serves as an update to Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet story. Because it’s been a while since we’ve seen a glib teen high school comedy loosely based on a Shakespeare play, Rosaline will be a contemporary version of the story set in (you guessed it) high school. The film will tell the tale of Juliet and her Romeo from the perspective of the latter’s jilted ex-lover Rosaline.
We reported back in November that (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber would be writing the screenplay, but it’s unknown if Suscy will be using their draft or commissioning a rewrite. Shawn Levy (Night at the Musem) is producing.
[Update: We've been told by Fox that Rosaline won't be contemporary after all, and will be set in Verona in the 1500's instead. This is definitely more intriguing. The logline is as follows: "Romeo’s jilted ex-girlfriend Rosaline tells her side of the classic Romeo and Juliet story in this comedy set in 16th century Verona."]
It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a “hip” take on a Shakespeare classic, so we were due. Shawn Levy, director/producer of Date Night and the upcoming Real Steel, has made a deal with Fox 2000 to produce an update of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, adapted from the novel Rosaline by Rebecca Serle . Deadline reports that “this is a contemporary version set in a high school, and the famed story is told from the vantage point of Rosaline, the jilted ex-girlfriend of Romeo.” Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber will be writing the screenplay for the film.
Neustadter and Weber also wrote the refreshingly original (500) Days of Summer, as well as the less than refreshingly original Pink Panther 2. Levy recently wrapped filming the Steven Spielberg-produced action/sci-fi flick Real Steel, with Hugh Jackman playing the lead. Hit the jump for a bit more on the film.