Lewis, McElhone, More Join “Romeo”

Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) and Natascha McElhone (“Ronin”) are set to play Lord and Lady Capulet in Carlo Carlei’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” reports Risky Biz Blog.

Oscar-winning scribe and “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes says this version will be a “romantic, traditional rendition of the piece” set in the medieval time of the play – something we really haven’t seen since Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 version.

Fellowes has tightened the play to fit into a standard two-hour feature running time, but reportedly did very little re-writing. Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth play the doomed lovers.

Also joining the cast are Stellan Skarsgard (Prince of Verona), Lesley Manville (The Nurse), Christian Cooke (Mercutio), Tomas Arana (Lord Montague), Laura Morante (Lady Montague) and Leon Vitali (Apothecary).

They join the already announced Paul Giamatti (Friar Laurence), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Benvolio) and Ed Westwick (Tybalt). Filming began ten days ago in Rome, Mantua and Siena in Italy.