Hailee Steinfeld in Talks to Play Juliet in William Shakespeare Retelling
04.08.11 by REELZ
Hailee Steinfeld might have missed out on the opportunity to play a literary figure when she wasn't cast as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (Jennifer Lawrence snagged that coveted role), but it looks like the teen star will have the opportunity to play Juliet in another retelling of William Shakespeare's famous Romeo and Juliet.
This Romeo and Juliet is more of an indie flick and is being directed by Italian director Carlo Carlie (Flight of the Innocent) and will be shot in Italy.
This is Steinfeld's first pic after her Oscar-nominated performance in True Grit. But it looks like the Oscar nominated actress will be busy for some time. She is also set to star in Forgotten, a project that Paramount has set up for the 14 year old. Forgotten is based on a book about a girl who loses her memory every day at 4:33 p.m. Steinfeld is also lined up to play Sleeping Beauty in a retelling of the fairy tale. This new version is told from the point of view of the title character and enters a dream world that she find her way out of.
The Romeo and Juliet movie was penned by Julian Fellows (Gosford Park) along with Gabriele Muccino, Ileen Maisel, and Mark Ordesky. The movie is set to start shooting later this spring.