One of the highlights of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival looks to be R#J, the tale of William Shakespeare‘s Romeo & Juliet updated for the modern and diverse social media generation.
Via BlackFilm, director Carey Williams said:
I’m thrilled to be presenting a timeless classic in a never before seen fashion, and giving people of color an opportunity to see themselves onscreen in these iconic roles. There have been many versions of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, but there’s never been one quite like this.
The film stars Camaron Engels as Romeo, Francesca Noel as Juliet, RJ Cyler as Benvolio, Diego Tinoco as Tybalt, Siddiq Saunderson as Mercutio, María Gabriela de Faría as Nancy, David Zayas as Fernando, Russell Hornsby as the Captain Prince, and Jacob Ming-Trent as Lawrence.
Image: YouTube / Sundance Film Festival