William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is one of the most-filmed plays, well, ever. So what does it need? Yet another film version, that’s what. Which is why we now have the trailer for Carlo Carlei’s Romeo and Juliet, which once again tells the tale of the star-crossed lovers.
In fact, the tale is told maybe a little too well in the trailer—though it’s highly unlikely that anyone viewing the trailer is unfamiliar with the general plot of the play, even if they haven’t read it, the trailer essentially lays out the entire plot and the tragic ending. Yep, in just under three minutes, you see the children of two rival and warring families meet, fall in love, share an illicit romance, lose loved ones in pointless family skirmishes, go into hiding, fake death, and commit suicide. Again, it isn’t like anyone will be surprised by that plot, but the trailer seems to be going out of its way to say that it has nothing more to add to the story (as opposed to the youthful rebellion highlighted in the Vietnam-era version of the film by Franco Zefferilli, or Baz Luhrmann’s very, very ’90s update).
If anything, the film features Hailee Steinfeld’s first released performance since 2010’s True Grit, so hey, that’s something to look forward to.
No U.S. release date has been announced for the film; it will be out July 26 in the U.K.
What do you think of the trailer?