If there’s one story that Hollywood has overplayed, it’s Romeo & Juliet, but Tinsel Town isn’t going to give up, as not only is there a new version based on Shakespeare’s text that’s just finished shooting, but now Variety reports that Lily Collins is in talks to headline the romantic comedy Rosaline, which is a revisionist take on the story, based on the upcoming novel When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle.
Rosaline doesn’t actually appear in Romeo & Juliet, but she is mentioned as the girl Romeo dated before he took up with Ms. Capulet. This new take tells the story through Rosaline’s eyes, as she watches the two doomed lovers enter into a suicide pact. Deborah Ann Woll and Dave Franco are also in talks for the movie, but it isn’t known exactly who they will play.
Gay director Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens, The Vow) is set to direct.