Josh Hutcherson will star in an action movie remake of "Romeo and Juliet"
In Die in a Gunfight, a reimagining of the iconic Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet will leave fair Verona for the grisly world of corporate espionage.
Think Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, but with fewer Hawaiian shirts and more dapper suits. And while parting is such sweet sorrow, we have a feeling Die in a Gunfight will say farewell to Shakespearean language and go the update route instead.
But, friends, we’re really leaving Romeo and Juliet behind in Die in a Gunfight, as our star-crossed lovers will also shed those iconic names and instead go by Ben (Hutcherson) and Mary (The Maze Runner‘s Kaya Scodelario).
The action-romance project will also star Helen Hunt and Olivia Munn in unspecified roles.
If we had to guess, we’d pick Hunt for either a Friar Laurence-type mentor or, of course, either Mary or Ben’s mom, while it wouldn’t surprise us if Munn filled in as vengeful cousin Tybalt.
Produced by the Mark Gordon Company, Die in a Gunfight will be written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who wrote Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Collin Schiffli (Animals) is set to direct.
Shooting for Die in a Gunfight is set to begin next month in Boston.