Trailer Drops for ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Steinfield Set for a Big Year

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HaileeSteinfield_RomeoandJulietThe new trailer dropped for the new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet starring Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth.  Encompassing an all-star cast that includes Damien Lewis of Showtime’s hit-show “Homeland,” Oscar-nominee Paul Giamatti, and Lesley Manville, the film looks to be an interesting mix of star and scenery.

Guy Lodge of Hit Fix reported yesterday that the talented Steinfeld has joined Tommy Lee Jones’ next directorial effort, The Homesman in which he stars along with John Lithgow, Meryl Streep, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, Hilary Swank, and an array of celebrity actors.  After her nomination for The Coen Brothers’ True Grit (2010) in which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, the beautiful, young up-and-comer hasn’t been capitalizing on her success until now.  According to her IMDb page, she is scheduled for six films to drop this year including Romeo and Juliet and The Homesman.

She has a role alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in the highly anticipated Can a Song Save Your Life? from John Carney.  Liza Johnson will direct her alonside Guy Pearce and Kristin Wiig in the adaptation of Hateship, Loveship.  Her first major step into popcorn territory will be with Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, and Asa Butterfield in Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game.  Finally, she is currently filming Three Days to Kill with Kevin Costner and directed by McG.  We seem to be walking the line of Jessica Chastain territory with Steinfeld this year.  Of the projects listed, while not knowing how large her role is in some of them, her role as Juliet could be her meal ticket come awards time if executed properly.

I’m a huge fan of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) and thought it was one of the finest films of the year and perhaps the decade.  A strong and re-imagined adaptation that had Leonardo DiCaprio and especially Claire Danes delivering some of their finest works.  I believe Danes should have been a Best Actress hopeful in a year that found wiggle room for Diane Keaton in Marvin’s Room (1996).  While this is more of a straight adaptation, I’m remain skeptical about how necessary this film can be in 2013.

The film is adapted by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes, who bested out some heavy competition at the 2002 Oscar ceremony for Robert Altman’s Gosford Park (2001).  Fellowes managed to topple over the masterpiece of Christopher and Jonathan Nolan for Memento (2001), the heartbreak of Milo Addica and Will Rokos for Monster’s Ball (2001), the comedic genius of Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson for The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), and the irresistible charm of Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet for Amelie (2001).  A stacked and impressive field that had Fellowes win for Best Original Screenplay.  Not to mention, he’s also riding a great wave of success from PBS’ “Downton Abbey” that could help his cause down the road.  The film is directed by Carlo Carlei, likely best known for directing the poorly executed The Last Legion (2007).  Maybe this is his step into major and accessible territory.

Check out the full trailer down below.

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