Ed Westwick Joins Hailee Steinfeld in Romeo and Juliet

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Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl”) is in final negotiations to play Tybalt in Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, reports Variety.

Hailee Steinfeld will play Juliet and Holly Hunter is starring as the Nurse, who effectively raised Juliet and serves as a go-between for her and Romeo, who has not yet been cast. Tybalt is Juliet’s hot-tempered cousin.

Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) wrote the script. Ileen Maisel and Mark Ordesky are producing with Gabriele Muccino and Fellowes.

Filming starts this summer in Italy.