Elizabeth Olsen to Be Off-Broadway ‘Juliet’

Actress to co-star in new production of 'Romeo and Juliet'

Elizabeth Olsen will star as one of the titular young lovers in a new production of “Romeo and Juliet” at Off Broadway’s Classic Stage Company.

Full details of the show, including creative team and other casting, have not yet been announced. Show will kick off CSC’s 2013-2014 season.

Olsen has previously had understudy stints in a couple of legit projects including short-lived Broadway play “Impressionism” in 2009. She’s far better known for film work in pics such as “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

Romeo and Juliet” reps the latest addition to CSC’s recent track record of using star casting to attract attention to the potentially stodgy prospect of a classical revival.

The troupe launched the trend with a series of productions of Chekhov plays toplined by thesps including Dianne Wiest (“The Seagull,” “The Cherry Orchard”), Ethan Hawke (“Ivanov”) and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, who both appeared in the casts of “Uncle Vanya” and “Three Sisters.”

The Broadway transfer of CSC’s 2010 offering “Venus in Fur” also helped boost the nonprofit’s visibility, as have recent productions including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” starring Bebe Neuwirth and Christina Ricci and the current revival of “Passion.”

Olsen’s upcoming feature projects include “Old Boy,” the Spike Lee movie now filming with a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin.

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