New Poster and Trailer for Latest 'Romeo and Juliet' Adaptation

Relativity has released a new trailer and poster for their upcoming William Shakespeare adaptation Romeo and Juliet starring Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth with a screenplay from Julian Fellowes ("Downton Abbey").

I didn't watch the trailer, but looking at the poster it almost appears as if they are trying to give off the impression it's a modern day retelling when it most certainly isn't. In fact, it's just another telling of the story of the "star-crossed lovers" Romeo and Juliet whose love is denied due to the feud between their two families, the Montagues and Capulets. I like the story, but I just wonder what makes it worth telling yet again or what makes this one any different. Perhaps you can watch the trailer and give me some idea in the comments below.

Romeo and Juliet hits theaters on October 11.

Romeo and Juliet poster
  • Ian

    Ugh, that is a bad poster. And it does seem like they're trying to hide that it's a period piece.

  • TVs Ross

    Isn't that almost the same font as one of the other adaptations, even? I don't know why people are still trying to make films of this, there are already handfulls of faithful versions. You'd have to really shake things up with the source material to make a new film adaptation worth seeing. It's doable, but it's a risk which already kills any chances of that happening.

  • dslacker

    It'll have to be great to outdo Baz's version or the 1960's version. But, like most of Shakespeare's works, this story (when done well) never grows old. In fact, it pops up about 10 times a year in one film or another.

  • andyluvsfilms

    It's likely i'll watch this at some point as its one of the greatest stories ever written and much like the frequent retelling of The Three Musketeers, as long as it has good people in it then its gotta be worth a look and Hailee Steinfeld and Paul Giamatti are good people.

  • Aleonardis


    That's all I have to say...

  • Aleonardis

    All kidding aside, what the trailer tells me is that Hailee Steinfeld is a PHENOMENAL actress and this is probably the same movie Zefferelli would make if he made it now. Basically, useless.

  • DarthJethro

    It looks okay, but people are not going to go to the theater to see this (it strikes me as a movie that's going to go in limited release). Shakespeare is tricky to pull off in a modern movie-going world, and this film seems to exist only to show in high school Freshman English classes. Going by the trailer, it seems the dialogue is not 100% Shakespearean, rather it's been slightly tweaked and modernized (which will be helpful for those Freshman who are sitting through it in class!) Unless you can put an interesting spin on the tale (like "Gnomeo & Juliet") then I'm afraid this film is doomed. Who is the target audience? Teens won't go see it, and Shakespeare purists always seem to have issues with any adaptation, and that leaves the people in the middle who will look at it and go "meh." (just my opinion).

  • JN Films

    The cinematography looks beautiful, it has a stellar cast, and I love shakespeare put to film so I'm game.