Lily Collins is really trimming the fat off her resume. The newly minted Snow White recently passed up the chance to star opposite Anton Yelchin in an adaptation of Dean Koontz’s “Odd Thomas” – leaving the door open for Addison Timlin to take the role instead – and now it appears she has also dropped out of a project she has been attached to for nearly a year – Italian director Carlo Carlei’s new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”. Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld is now in negotiations to sign on to the film, according to THR.
The film will finally begin shooting later this spring in Italy, with age-appropriate 14-year-old Steinfeld playing Juliet, one half of a young couple whose forbidden romance leads to tragedy for both their warring families. Carlei has said the film will be set in classic Shakespearan era and will bring the iconic characters to life for a new generation that doesn’t have its own version yet (we disagree and think 1996’s Baz Lurhmann is still relevant today but we digress). Julian Fellowes wrote the script.
“Romeo and Juliet” will also officially be Steinfeld’s first film since landing an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the Coen Brothers’ “True Grit”. She is attached to a spec script of a revisionist “Sleeping Beauty” which is currently out to buyers and also “Forgotten”, an adaptation set up as a starring vehicle for her at Paramount, based on the novel by Cat Patrick. Both projects are in the development stage and not close to production any time soon.