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Ed Westwick in Romeo And Juliet?

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Ed Westwick is in line to play Tybalt

Ed Westwick is in line to play Tybalt

Ed Westwick is in line to play Tybalt

Ed Westwick could soon be getting a Shakespeare-ience like never before.

The Gossip Girl heartthrob is in talks to play Tybalt in a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Romeo And Juliet, to be directed by Carlo Carlie and penned by Julian Fellowes, reports Variety.

True Grit Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld is set to star as Juliet, with Holly Hunter cast as The Nurse.

The leading role of Romeo is yet to be announced.

Filming for Romeo And Juliet, which was last remade by Baz Luhrmann and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the star-crossed lovers in 1996, is scheduled to start this summer in Italy.

Ed, best known for playing bad boy Chuck Bass in the teenage series, recently starred in Chalet Girl and will appear in Clint Eastwood's upcoming J Edgar.

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