Before Romeo and Juliet, there was Romeo and Rosaline.
The prologue to William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” reimagines the at the start a series of star-crossed lovers to end heartbreak, as reimagined by novelist Rebecca Serle in the 2010 YA book “When You Were Mine”.
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Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the duo behind adaptations of “The Fault in Our Stars,” “The Disaster Artist,” and the upcoming series “Daisy Jones and the Six,” wrote the script for the Hulu film “Rosaline” established. on Serle’s novel. The film premieres on October 14 on the streaming platform.
Kaitlyn Dever is the title character who has never been seen before and only hinted at in Shakespeare’s play. The film is described as a fresh comedic twist on Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in which the classic love story is told from the perspective of Juliet’s cousin, Rosaline…who happens to be Romeo’s ex-girlfriend.
“Space Oddity” and “West Side Story” star Kyle Allen plays star-crossed love interest Romeo, and Isabela Merced (“Father of the Bride,” “Dora the Explorer”) stars as Juliet, who steals Rosaline’s man. Minnie Driver stars as The Nurse, and Bradley Whitford as Friar Laurence. Also on stage will be “Booksmart” co-star Dever and super hunter Nico Hiraga.
“Rosaline” is directed by Karen Maine, the director behind the series “Yes, God, Tá” and “Starstruck” who also wrote the story “Obvious Child”.
According to the official synopsis, “Rosaline” is a fresh, comedic twist on Shakespeare’s classic love story “Romeo & Juliet,” told from the perspective of Juliet’s cousin, Rosaline. (Dever), who also happens to be Romeo’s recent love interest. Heartbroken when Romeo (Allen) meets and pursues Juliet (Merced), Rosaline schemes to foil the famous romance and win her man back.
“Rosaline” plays in part to Hollywood’s Gen Z, starring Dever hot off the Emmy-nominated “Dopesick” and starring in Julia Roberts and George Clooney’s divorce rom-com “Ticket to Paradise.” Merced will appear in the MCU installment “Madame Web” opposite Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney, as well as “Turtles All the Way Down” with Hannah Marks. And our Romeo 2.0 Allen will take on the role of the popular cartoon character He-Man in the live-action remake of “Master of the Universe”.
Emmy nominee Dever told IndieWire that she follows her “gut feeling” and intuition when choosing roles.
“It’s pretty clear as soon as I read something,” the “Incredible” actor explained. “There’s a real, immediate, like a full body and emotional reaction that makes me so desperate to be a part of those projects. I want to keep searching for that, chasing that feeling, and looking for the projects that I think will have an impact in some way. Because that’s the best combination of something on a job that I have to do, where I can do what I love, but also be part of something that will move the needle forward, or start conversation in some way.”
Check out the trailer for “Rosaline” below.
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