Fourteen-year-old Hailee Steinfeld may have displayed some fierce acting chops in last year's True Grit, but she might be displaying a lot more in an upcoming adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Writer Julian Fellowes has been adamant in his desire to make an age-appropriate version of the Shakespearean classic, which of course features two of literature's horniest, star-crossed teenagers. It's cool that he's casting someone who's actually around Juliet's age as written. I just hope it's not exploitive.
According to a provocative excerpt from the script published in the Daily Mail:
"They (Romeo and Juliet) start undressing each other — slowly, gently and carefully until they are naked.
"They are eternal figures in a Raphael painting. Romeo then carries her to bed, kissing her again and again as they explore uncharted territory. Then they make love, transported into each other's soul."
There's no telling just how this will be interpreted on screen. Hopefully a few tasteful or suggestive shots will win out over simulated child porn. Fellowes maintains that, "Juliet is at that stage of… what you might call a child/woman. Just like Hailee herself is. My version is a romantic story — one that keeps pretty true to Shakespeare but is, I hope, more accessible." While Romeo has yet to be cast, it'll be interesting to see just how "accessible" underage sex will be to mainstream audiences come the film's release.