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‘Romeo & Juliet’ Trailer: Violent Passions Done ‘Downton’ Style

It’s tough to feel anything about this trailer for Romeo & Juliet. Sure, it’s adapted by Downton Abbey mastermind Julian Fellowes. Yes, it’s great to see Hailee Steinfeld taking on another leading role. Without a doubt, the visuals look lush and the lines are spat with intensity.

But it’s also simply one more adaptation of Shakespeare’s most famous work to add to the pile. Other than swapping out the players, what more can really be done that hasn’t been done already?

Good thing it’s gorgeous. Check it out for yourself:

Directed by Carlo Carlei (whose career beyond Italian television has remained fairly dormant since the mid-90s), this new Romeo & Juliet hits theaters October 11th.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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