If any play of ol’ Willie Shakes’ is appropriate for a re-telling from a teen point of view with a modernized feel it’s Romeo And Juliet. I don’t think anyone would try to pull this kind of fun, anachronistic adaptation with … oh, say Troilus And Cressida or Henry V. But Romeo And Juliet is all about horny teens making dumb decisions, we should be laughing at them!
Told from the point of view of Romeo’s jilted girlfriend (who was also Juliet’s cousin. AWKWARD), Rosaline stars Kaitlyn Dever (Justified, Unbelievable) Kyle Allen (West Side Story) as Romeo, Isabela Merced (Dora And The Lost City Of Gold) as Juliet, Minnie Driver as The Nurse, Henry Hunter Hall (Harriet) as Mercutio, and Bradley Whitford.
If this were a Blockbuster Video Store, Rosaline would be on the shelf right next to Apple TV’s Dickenson and probably not too far from Daisy Ridley’s 2019 Ophelia. Whew, that’s a lot of angst in period costumes.
Rosaline begins streaming on Hulu on October 14th.
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