Scripted by Julian Fellowes and directed by Carlo Carlei, an enchanting new telling of Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed love marks Swarovski Entertainment’s first foray into film production.
The scene is set in fair Verona for the silver-screen return of the most famous love story in literature, as Swarovski Entertainment makes its co-producing début alongside Amber Entertainment.
The ill-fated pair are played by sixteen-year-old American, Hailee Steinfeld (Academy Award nominee for True Grit), and ex-Burberry model-turned-thespian, Douglas Booth—the British heartthrob chosen from among 300 hopefuls. They are joined by a stellar line-up that includes Damian Lewis (of Homeland fame) and Natascha McElhone as Lord and Lady Capulet; Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence; and Lesley Manville, Tom Wisdom, Christian Cooke and Kodi-Smit McPhee. The sumptuous movie was shot at Sacro Speco, the beautiful grotto in Subiaco, Mantua, as well as in Caprarola, Lazio, Rome, and, of course, Verona.
Scriptwriter Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) has crafted a traditional take on the classic story, with sword fights and doublets rather than the guns and glamour of Baz Luhrmann's 1996 production. Three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero was very busy: as co-producer, she was in charge of all visual aspects, including wardrobe, hair and make-up, and the art department. Costume designer Carlo Poggioli (Van Helsing, Cold Mountain) zeroed in on SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to give an additional layer of opulence to the elaborate renaissance-style apparel and jewelry of high-ranking characters such as the Montague and Capulet families. Judging by the trailer, we can expect plenty of no-holds-barred super-ornate embellishment, involving glittering heraldry, gold and silver embroidery, pearl buttons, beads, and semi-precious stones.
Due to hit cinema screens this summer, Romeo & Juliet promises to be not only a romantic tearjerker, but a visual feast that is simply second to none.