Romeo and Juliet: Then and Now

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After almost two decades away, Romeo and Juliet are back. Because the Shakespeare classic has not been beaten to death quite yet.

Adapted by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and directed by Carlo Carlei, Romeo + Juliet stars stars Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld(a.k.a. the child cowgirl from True Grit) and up-and-comer Douglas Booth (from Miley CyrusLOL: Laughing Out Loud) in “the most dangerous love story ever told,” according to the new trailer.

The story is, of course, the same as the day Shakespeare penned it: two star-crossed lovers of two feuding families meet and forbidden love ensues. But can this teeny-bop remake of the tragic romance ever outshine those that came before it? Chances are it can’t.

If you were coming of age in the nineties (or even if you weren’t), Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes are likely your definitive Romeo and Juliet, starring in Baz Luhrmann‘s acclaimed 1996 adaption, which transported the tale to modern times while keeping Shakespeare’s classic dialogue intact.

Or if you’re old-school, you might remember the 1968 big-screen re-telling from director Franco Zeffirelli, which placed Leonard Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet in 1300’s Verona, Italy.

But if those don’t strike your fancy, perhaps you’re a fan of the family-fun, animated Gnomeo & Juliet, or the loosely-adapted, action-packed Romeo Must Die (R.I.P Aaliyah), or even Disney’s disappointing sequel, The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride.

There’s plenty. Take your pick. (Just let it be Leo).