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Up And Coming British Actor Douglas Booth Playing Romeo To Hailee Steinfeld's Juliet

June 22, 2011

It was always going to be tricky for the director and producers of Romeo & Juliet to cast a male lead as accomplished or well-known as their 14-year-old, Oscar-nominated Juliet Hailee Steinfeld, and now it appears they haven't tried. According to Variety they've instead gone with an up-and-comer, casting 19-year-old British actor Douglas Booth to play Romeo in the film that shoots this summer in Italy. Odds are you haven't seen him in anything so far-- he was in the TV miniseries The Pillars of the Earth and played Boy George in a British TV movie about the singer's youth, but otherwise his most notable roles are still ahead of him, including a romantic lead role in the Miley Cyrus vehicle LOL and playing Pip in an upcoming TV miniseries adaptation of Great Expectations.

Booth is by far the least-known member of the cast so far, led by True Grit's Steinfeld and including Holly Hunter as Juliet's nurse, Let Me In's Kodi Smit-McPhee as Romeo's best pal Mercutio, and Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick as Juliet's mercurial cousin Tybalt. Read More