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Dragons, Dragons, Wherefore Art My Dragons?: Emilia Clarke To Co-Star in Revisionist Romeo and Juliet?


First, yes, I know “wherefore” in the context of Romeo and Juliet means why, not where. But it was too good a quote to pass up. And the answer to “why are my dragons” is clearly FIRE AND BLOOD!

Anyway.

The movie in question is Rosaline, and it will start neither Romeo nor Juliet but… wait for it… Rosaline, the woman Romeo was all gaga over before he fell for Juliet. The character, who never actually appears in the play, makes Romeo all sad in the first act because she has “forsworn to love.” The story of Romeo and Juliet, two lovers who take their infatuation way too far and inadvertently get people, including themselves, killed, told through the eyes of someone who’s all “pssht, romance, no”? Sign me up.

Then again, the movie is an adaptation of Rebecca Serle‘s When You Were Mine, which from the official description sounds rather romance novel-y. Sigh. But the movie’s being written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who proved themselves adept at “this looks so cute oh no wait it’s freaking awful” romances with (500) Days of Summer, so I’m going to cling to hope that this will be a cynical take on the world’s most beloved romance.

Game of ThronesEmilia Clarke is rumored to be in line for Juliet, while the lead role might be played by GirlsAllison Williams who, you  might remember, has also been rumored for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot. Dave Franco (the delightfully douchey Eric in 21 Jump Street, brother of James) is reportedly in talks to play Romeo.

It’s interesting casting, and I’m always in the mood for a weird Shakespeare adaptation. Bring it on.

(And, because I have a record to maintain, [insert mention of the fact that William Shakespeare's wife was named Anne Hathaway so Hathaway should totally be cast in this] here.)

(via: Digital Spy)

Shakespeare Posts Where Rebecca Mentions Anne Hathaway Even Though She’s Not Always 100% Relevant

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  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.semkow Andrew Paul Ross Semkow

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbwrroKtuR1qh11sto1_400.jpg all I could think of when I read that title (sorry)

  • http://twitter.com/TechnoMistress Lisa Liscoumb

    Agreed – I tried to see it at TIFF, but couldn’t get tickets as it sold out quickly.

  • Mina

    …..I kind of liked 500 Days of Summer. >_> BUT I can understand why other people didn’t.

    This sounds like it could be interesting. I’ll definitely be listening for more details on its development.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    No, I really liked it too! I just meant that I enjoy how it subverts traditional “romcom” tropes—you think it’s this great, cute romance with Manic Pixie Dream Girl Zooey Deschanel, but in the end it’s really NOT because JGL’s character really had an awful perspective on relationships. It’s something he’s commented on before, how messed-up his character is that regard.

  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    But soft! What Lord of Light through yonder window breaks?

  • Mina

    Oh okay! Yeah, that’s what I got out of it too.

  • Lucas Picador

    It has nothing to do with context. That’s what the word means, full stop.

    where·fore
    /ˈ(h)we(ə)rˌfôr/

    Adverb:
    - For what reason: “she took an ill turn, but wherefore I cannot say”.
    - As a result of which: “truly he cared for me, wherefore I title him with all respect”.

    Synonyms:
    - why