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!
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 Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke is rumored to be in line for Juliet, while the lead role might be played by Girls‘ Allison 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)
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