Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth (The Pillars of the Earth) are now officially star-crossed lovers. The young actors began shooting Romeo and Juliet in Italy, it was announced today. The new cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, written by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes and directed by Carlo Carlei (Fluke), features a menagerie of familiar faces, including Homeland’s Damian Lewis (Lord Capulet), Californication’s Natascha McElhone (Lady Capulet), Another Year’s Lesley Manville (Nurse), Ed Westwick (Tybalt), Let Me In’s Kodi Smit-McPhee (Benvolio), Paul Giamatti (Friar Laurence), and Stellan Skarsgard (Prince of Verona).
“Every generation is interested in love,” said Fellowes, in a statement. “I mean, there is something about young love that is heartbreaking, and I think every teenager in the world would agree. All of that is very powerful. The point about teenage love is it’s before cynicism comes in to reshape one’s attitudes. You love when you’re young in a way that you’ll probably never love again.”