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Romeo Robert bids adieu to our mean streets

He was described as the "easy on the eye gangster" of RTE's hit crime drama Love/Hate.

But Portlaoise actor Robert Sheehan is leaving gangland behind for his next role in an America teen comedy.

The 22-year-old is to play Romeo in a US remake of the tragic lovers story, called Romeo and Gertrude, written and directed by comedian and writer David Baddiel.

"It's a tongue-in-cheek spin on the whole tragic lovers' romance and set in New Jersey. There are no guns or drugs," he joked to The Diary.

But Robert, wherefore art thou, Juliet?

"They've offered the part of Juliet to one actress but we don't know yet if she's available. So not sure whose balcony I'll be standing under," added Robert.

The rising star also begins shooting alongside Cillian Murphy and Michael Gambon in World War II thriller Wayfaring Strangers.

Robert spoke to me last weekend when he jetted back into Ireland to see a production of Martin McDonagh's play The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Waterford's Theatre Royal.

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