Breakout star Hailee Steinfeld will be playing one of pop culture’s favorite teenage lovers in a new version of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ alongside Miley Cyrus’s ‘LOL’ co-star, Douglas Booth!
Hailee Steinfeld — who stole the show as the wily teen girl in True Grit — will be transformed into one of history’s most notorious star-crossed lovers in a film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. The 14-year-old actress will star alongside 19-year-old LOL actor and face of Burberry Douglas Booth in a version of the story that writers promise will follow closely to Shakespeare’s original play.
“I wanted Hailee because she is the perfect age. Juliet is at that stage of what you might call a child/woman. Just like Hailee herself is,” writer Julian Fellowes told the Sunday Times.
Some critics were weary of the film’s young starlet because she was originally set to bare it all in a sex scene with co-star Douglas despite her tender age. However, adaptations to the script have been made to accommodate the young actress in order to keep their romance age-appropriate. The writers feel it was necessary to cast young stars instead of older ones who could indulge in racier scenes to really capture the essence of a first love.
“[It's] about that first love affair. We all remember it, don’t we? There is never a love again like it,” revealed Julian.
More Hailee here!