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'Vampire Diaries' Star Paul Wesley May Romance Hailee Steinfeld In 'Romeo And Juliet!'

Tue, July 19, 2011 1:22pm EDT by Andy Swift 5 Comments

Would you like to see Paul as Hailee’s suitor — or would the 14-year age gap be a too awkward?

Paul Wesley might be taking a walk in Damon Salvatore’s shoes very soon, as Variety is reporting the Vampire Diaries star been offered the role of the County Paris in the upcoming big-screen version of Romeo and Juliet. I mentioned Damon because, of course, Paris is the one who comes in second to Romeo (Douglas Booth) — at least as far as Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld) is concerned.

As someone who played the oft-forgotten Paris in my own high school production of Romeo and Juliet — my death scene was horrendous, by the way — I’d love to see Paul give the character the spotlight he truly deserves. (Not that Paul Rudd didn’t do a phenomenal job in Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet.)

Besides all that, Gossip Girl‘s Ed Westwick has already been cast as Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, and I’d be super-down for another CW Palooza on the big screen.

It’d be just like The Roommate, only even more Shakespearean!

— Andy Swift

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