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Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone join Romeo And Juliet

Lesley Manville and Stellan Skarsgard will also star in the new adaptation alongside Screen Star of Tomorrow Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the star crossed lovers.

Damian Lewis is to play Lord Capulet and Natascha McElhone will be Lady Capulet in the latest adaptation of Romeo And Juliet which has begun shooting in Italy, directed by Carlo Carlei from a script by Julian Fellowes.

Another Year actress Lesley Manville will star as the Nurse, Stellan Skarsgard as the Prince Of Verona, Christian Cooke has been cast as Mecutio, Tomas Arana as Lord Montague and Laura Morante as Lady Montague.

Screen Star of Tomorrow Douglas Boothe and Hailee Steinfeld were already confirmed as the leads, alongside Ed Westwick as Tybalt, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio and Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence.

Shooting is taking place in Mantua and at Cinecitta Studios in Rome.

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Ileen Maisel of Amber Entertainment is lead producing. Swarovski Entertainment (the jewellery company’s new film division) and Doug Mankoff and Echo Lake Entertainment are executive producing.

 “Every generation is interested in love,” said Fellowes, who’s currently writing the third season of Downton Abbey. “I mean, there is something about young love that is heartbreaking, and I think every teenager in the world would agree. All of that is very powerful. The point about teenage love is it’s before cynicism comes in to reshape one’s attitudes. You love when you’re young in a way that you’ll probably never love again.”

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