Isabela Merced Joins Kaitlyn Dever In ‘Rosaline’

Isabela Merced has been tapped to play Juliet in 20th Century’s Rosaline, a comedic and revisionist take on Romeo & Juliet that already has Kaitlyn Dever attached to star.

The film hails from director Karen Maine, who recently helmed charming coming-of-age comedy Yes, God, Yes.

Rosaline is based on Rebecca Serle‘s novel When You Were Mine, with a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who wrote much-loved romances (500) Days Of Summer and The Spectacular Now.

Rosaline will be a revisionist take on William Shakespeare‘s classic, chronicling the famous love story from the perspective of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline, who also happens to be Romeo’s recent ex. Although she at first sets out to break up the star-crossed lovers, a journey of self-discovery leads her to try to help them get back together.

The project was previously in development at MGM before coming back on the market, where 20th Century Studios acquired it.

Merced is an up-and-comer known for her roles in Sicario: Day Of The Soldado, Instant Family, and as Dora The Explorer in Paramount’s Dora And The Lost City Of Gold.

She was most recently seen in Netflix’s Let It Snow, and is currently filming the new Father Of The Bride film. Getting to star alongside Dever, who is one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars, should be a great opportunity.

Movies revolving around teenagers that are based on classic literature actually have a pretty good track record when you consider modern classics like Clueless, which is based on Jane Austen‘s Emma, and 10 Things I Hate About You, a modernization of Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew.

If Rosaline is a hit, don’t be surprised to see other studios try their hand at revisionist takes on classics.


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