It’s the most famous love story of all time.
This latest version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been adapted for the big screen by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey.
Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld is Juliet and up-and-coming British actor Douglas Booth is Romeo.
He said it was a huge challenge taking on the role: “It is daunting at first but you have to quickly get over that and just try to tackle it really.”
Booth said he was glad to have had time to get to know Hailee Steinfeld before shooting started:
“We had about tree or four weeks in Italy before – rehearsals, horse training, fighting training, dancing training – which I was terrible at. All of that business. We got some really valuable time to spend together and got to know each other really well and that was priceless.”
Described as one of the most traditional film interpretations of the play in over 50 years, “Romeo and Juliet” is expected to give a whole new generation a chance to get familiar with this Shakespeare classic.
The film is on release this week in north America and in some European cinemas.