Rising Brit star Douglas Booth wins Romeo role

Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo? Well, it looks like we’ve found him in the form of Brit actor Douglas Booth.

Hello Romeo!

Booth, who you might recognise from the Burberry ads or playing Boy George in the TV movie Worried About The Boy, will play Romeo to True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld’s Juliet.

Director Carlo Carlei reportedly chose him from 300 hopefuls, all desperate to play the star-crossed lover in the remake of Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy.

The cast, which also includes Holly Hunter as the nurse, Ed Westwick as Tybalt and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio, will be working with a script adapted by Julian Fellowes. Fellowes is known for creating the popular TV show Downton Abbey and winning an Oscar for his Gosford Park screenplay, as well as being known as an actor, novelist and a Conservative peer.

It sounds like a pretty exciting project so far. We’re thinking this role could propel Booth to super-stardom. You may remember the Baz Luhrmann film Romeo + Juliet in 1996 starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. DiCaprio became quite the heart throb after the film and went on to star in numerous films and be nominated for countless awards.

We’ll next see Booth starring in LOL with Miley Cyrus, but who knows next year it could be the Oscars for the dashing chap? What do you think, is it good casting?

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