So about that Romeo & Juliet sequel…

As soon as news broke yesterday that ABC ordered a pilot for a Romeo & Juliet sequel, the Internet was covered in “But how could there be a sequel? THEY’RE BOTH DEAD” jokes. And sure, fine joke, but in case you’re actually curious about the answer: it’s about the surviving members of the Montague and Capulet families after Romeo and Juliet themselves die, and it actually sounds pretty interesting! (I’m here for anything involving palace intrigue, really.) I hear that the novel, Melinda Taub’s Still Star-Crossed, is actually quite good; I’ll try to get it from the library soon and let you know what I think. But I’m hopeful about this one. (Though I do think they should probably change the title to avoid association with the failed CW show.)

Romeo & Juliet Clip: The Balcony Scene

Romeo & JulietRomeo & Juliet will be in theaters in just a few weeks, on October 11th, and now thanks to Yahoo! Movies, we can get a taste of one of the play’s most famous moments: the balcony scene. What do you think of their take on the big moment? This version was written by Julian Fellowes and stars Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld along with Damian Lewis, Ed Westwick, Paul Giamatti, and more.

New Trailer: Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & JulietVia MTV, we have a new trailer for Julian Fellowes’s version of Romeo & Juliet, which stars Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, and more. It’s very pretty, but mostly just makes me want to shake the characters. You met two days ago! Not worth dying over! Ahem. Anyway. Here it is!

Romeo & Juliet in Theaters September 6th

Romeo & JulietGood news, Shakespeare fans: According to a Variety exclusive, Carlo Carlei’s big-screen adaptation of Romeo and Juliet will be distributed by Relativity and hit theaters on September 6th. It stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth as the ill-fated couple; the cast also includes Ed Westwick, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, and Stellan Skarsgard. The script was written by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey.

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Trailer: Romeo and Juliet

We’ve finally got our first trailer for this new version of Romeo and Juliet, which was adapted by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). It stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth, and the cast also includes Damian Lewis, Ed Westwick, Paul Giamatti, and Stellan Skarsgard, which is . . . quite a group. Thoughts?

Pilot Updates: S.H.I.E.L.D., Wonderland, Westside, Coma

  • This is unconfirmed as of this writing, but J. August Richards may appear in the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot.
  • Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman) will be the voice of the White Rabbit in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
  • Awkward‘s Jessica Lu will guest star in Westside.
  • NBC’s Girlfriend in a Coma pilot has been pushed after Christina Ricci’s exit.

Pilot Casting: Angela Sarafyan in I Am Victor & Luke Bracey in Westside

Angela SarafyanDeadline reports that Angela Sarafyan of The Good Guys and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will play the main character’s secretary in NBC’s pilot I Am Victor, based on the forthcoming book by Jo Nesbo. Her character’s name seems to be “Cucumber.” So.

Also according to Deadline, Australian actor Luke Bracey (Home and Away, Dance Academy) has landed the main lead in ABC’s Romeo & Juliet-esque pilot Westside, opposite Odette Annable.

Pilot Casting: Westside, The Sixth Gun, Gothica

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