Romeo and Juliet Principal Photography Begins

Nadja Swarovski of Swarovski Entertainment, Ileen Maisel of Amber Entertainment UK and Echo Lake Entertainment announced today that the principal photography (the actual filming) has actually started on award winning director Carlo Carlei’s Romeo and Juliet.

Swarovski Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment are co-producing and co-financing the film. The movie which is being filmed in Italy was adapted by Julian Fellowes to produce a love story based on Shakespeare’s opus for a new generation. The last modernized version was released in 1996 that involved recreational drugs, guns and lavish parties.

If the new adaptation is to be modernized for the current generation I can almost picture it being reduced to a sexting exchange.

JuliDiva96: ohhai romeo

JuliDiva96: r u there romeo?

JuliDiva96: **Buzz**

SkRilleo: omg ur needy

SkRilleo: go away am busy

JuliDiva96: wanna come over and do stuffs? <3

SkRilleo: YES! >:)

@SkRilleo “Gonna put on a thinking Capulet lol. Post pics in a bit.”

TyBOLT @SkRilleo “c u soon” #montaguesmackdown #war


Fellowes had this to say about love in the movie.

 “Every generation is interested in love, I mean, there is something about young love that is heartbreaking, and I think every teenager in the world would agree. All of that is very powerful. The point about teenage love is it’s before cynicism comes in to reshape one’s attitudes. You love when you’re young in a way that you’ll probably never love again.”


Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit fame, will play the Juliet next to Douglas Booth; known from his role in Great Expectations; as Romeo.

The star-crossed lovers will be joined by a star studded cast including Damian Lewis, from the show “Homeland”; as Lord Capulet. Natascha McElhone known for the show “Californication” as Lady Capulet. Lesley Manville from Another Year will play Shakespeare comedy relief as the Nurse. You will also see Ed Westwick most known for Gossip Girl; as the hater, Tybalt.

The line up for the rival house of Montague will consist of Tomas Arana as Lord Montague, Laura Morante as Lady Montague and Kodi Smit-McPhee from Let Me In; as Benvolio.

Other actors will include Christian Cooke who played in Cemetery Junction; as the best character of the story, Mercutio, Paul Giamatti from Sideways as Friar Laurence, Tom Wisdom who played in 300 as Count Paris, Leon Vitali known for his role in Eyes Wide Shut as the poisonous Apothecary and Stellan Skarsgard, the one from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, not “True Blood” (Editor’s note, this movie might better if it DID feature the very hot guy from “True Blood” instead); as Prince Escalus of Veronia.

With this lineup all I can think is how inadequate; or nonexistent; my abs are.

Ileen Maisel from Amber Entertainment had this to say about the movie.

 “We are thrilled to be bringing this story to life with a vibrant new cast,” commented Amber Entertainment’s Ileen Maisel. “The support of Swarovski Entertainment has helped us to re-conceive this story for a new generation. As Shakespeare once said, “one man in his life plays many parts,” and we are honored to partner with Swarovski as they take on yet another role and make their first foray into motion picture production.”

Nadja Swarovski, Chairman of Swarovski Entertainment Ltf and Executive Producer had the following to say.

 “Swarovski’s move into film production is a natural evolution for us. We have worked with creative talents in costume and set design ever since the emergence of the silver screen, and we are committed to supporting creativity across industries such as fashion, jewellery, design, and film. Romeo and Juliet felt like the perfect project to deepen that involvement and collaborate with established visionaries like Ileen and Julian but also support today’s emerging talent. The young stars have a chemistry that translates beautifully onto the big screen and will captivate audiences around the world for years to come.”

The three time Oscar-winning costume designer, Milena Canonero, will serve as co-producer. Canonero will be involved in all visual aspects of the movie. This means she’ll have input in everything from wardrobe, hair and make-up to the art department. Peter Honess; LA Confidential; will serve as editor and David Tattersall; Star Wars; as cinematographer in this production.

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Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Leo Choy stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Leo can see and hear. And so, Leo finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home.

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