Kaitlyn Dever in 'Rosaline'.

Things We Saw Today: ‘Rosaline’ Takes Center Stage in ‘Romeo and Juliet’-Inspired Comedy

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There have been countless adaptations of William Shakespeare’s tragic love story ‘Romeo and Juliet’ throughout the ages. But while the titular duo remain household names, there’s one minor character who has never gotten her due…until now. I’m talking about Romeo’s jilted ex-girlfriend Rosaline, who never appears in the play. Romeo is so desperate to woo Rosaline that he sneaks into the Capulet’s party, where he meets and falls in love with Rosaline’s cousin Juliet. But it’s Rosaline who takes center stage in her very own film directed by Karen Maine (Yes, God, Yes), which tells the legendary romance through her eyes.

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Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart, Dopesick) stars as Rosaline, who is heartbroken to see her cousin Juliet (Isabela Merced) fall for her ex. She schemes to break the couple up and win Romeo (Kyle Allen) back, but as the Bard wrote, “the course of true love never did run smooth.” The film also stars Sean Teale, Minnie Driver, and Bradley Whitford, and is based on Rebecca Serle’s novel When You Were Mine. While the film is set in Shakespearean times, it’s clearly got a modern sensibility, which is apparent in both the music choices and the casual dialogue. All in all, Rosaline looks like a blast, and Dever is always a delight to watch.

Rosaline premieres on Hulu on October 14.

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