In nonsensical news, it appears recent Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld really really wants to be typecast as doomed young romantic Juliet Capulet. Variety reports the “True Grit” star, who is about to set off for Italy to begin filming Carlo Carlei’s traditional big screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, has been offered the role of Juliet in a different movie, a revisionist comedic take on the tale that follows the jilted former love of Romeo, Rosaline. “True Blood” star Deborah Ann Woll has been offered the title role, and rising star Dave Franco has been offered Romeo. That’s right, Steinfeld will have two different Romeos on the big screen if this pans out (British actor Douglas Booth will be Romeo in Carlei’s film). Personally, this sounds like a ridiculous and unnecessary mess and I am clinging to the glimmer of hope that Steinfeld turns down the role, as Variety also reports no negotiations have taken place yet.
Based on the novel “When You Were Mine” from first time novelist Rebecca Serle, “Rosaline” will see the wooed and jilted girl falling for Romeo’s cousin Benvolio instead. While Baz Luhrmann brought Shakespeare’s language to modern day in 1996′s “Romeo and Juliet”, “Rosaline” will be the opposite: set in the sixteenth century with modern language. While the book is not even hitting bookshelves until May of 2012, Fox 2000 has fast tracked the film adaptation, quickly hiring producer Shawn Levy, screenwriters Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber, and Michael Suscy to direct. There is even the possibility it may see audience before its source material hits bookstores. Last we heard in August, Keira Knightley and Lily Collins had been the front-runners for the title role.
Nevertheless, Steinfeld’s one-too-many-Juliets issues aside, this would be a huge coup for both Woll and Franco if it finalizes. Woll, who plays vampire Jessica on HBO’s hit series “True Blood”, has completed at least four films between the last season and the next, though all supporting roles. She’ll star opposite Bruce Willis and and Malin Akerman in modern western “Catch .44″, indie comedy “Highland Park” opposite indie comedy queen Parker Posey and alongside Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan in “She Loves Me”. Franco was recently seen opposite Anton Yelchin in the “Fright Night” remake and will take villain roles in “Odd Thomas”, again opposite Yelchin, and Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s “21 Jump Street.” He’s also got strong supporting roles in two Summit Entertainment films that recently got release dates, zombie love story “Warm Bodies” and magician heist thriller “Now You See Me.”