British thesp Douglas Booth has been cast as Romeo opposite Hailee Steinfeld in Carlo Carlei’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
19-year-old Booth beat out more than 300 other young thesps for the coveted role of Romeo, an accomplished swordsman and adept lover who falls for Juliet despite the bitter rivalry between their families.
Holly Hunter co-stars as Juliet’s Nurse, while Ed Westwick and Kodi Smit-McPhee are set to play the two lovers’ cousins, Tybalt and Benvolio, respectively.
Julian Fellowes (“Gosford Park”) penned the script and will produce the Shakespeare adaptation with Ileen Maisel and Lawrence Elman of Amber Entertainment.
Booth previously appeared in the Starz miniseries “Pillars of the Earth” and will soon be seen as Miley Cyrus’ love interest in “LOL.” Thesp clearly has a taste for the classics, as he’s also set to star alongside Ray Winstone in the BBC’s upcoming adaptation of “Great Expectations.”
Booth is repped by UTA and U.K.-based Curtis Brown Group.