Ask actress Hailee Steinfeld what she's been reading lately, and she may struggle to name a novel that isn't becoming a big-screen adaptation in which she'll star. It seems the 16-year-old star of films like "True Grit" and "Ender's Game" is quickly becoming the go-to adaptation girl, and she's totally okay with that. To wit: next she'll star in the latest re-telling of Shakespeare's famous tale of star-crossed loves,
"I was reading the book in school at the time that I heard that they were remaking the film, and you know, I had watched the [director Franco] Zeffirelli version a few years ago ... The idea of knowing that it had been done before was present but just sort of walking into it with a different director who had a different take with all these incredible actors — everything about it was so different although we're retelling the same story," Steinfeld said of why she signed on to the project. "But I think what's so incredible about it, and what I love so much, is that so many themes in the movie are so relevant today, and no matter how it's told or who tells the story, it's still relevant. It's so relatable."
Though Steinfeld referenced the 1968 version during our Fall Movie Preview week interview, she's no stranger to the splashy Baz Luhrmann version from 1996, which it's worth noting, opened the same year she was born.
"I love that film. I love how different it is," Steinfeld said. "Again, it's the same story but told completely different. I ...Read More →