Romeo & Juliet has been reinterpreted almost since the ink dried on the original. And there have been several queer imaginings of the world’s most famous love story. But Private Romeo takes the idea of forbidden love and moves it to a military academy, where the star-crossed lovers are young cadets-in-training. And it’s got some star power: Director Alan Brown helmed the critically lauded sleeper The Book of Love and stars Seth Numrich (“Romeo”) and Matt Doyle (“Juliet”) both appeared in the Tony-winning production of War Horse on Broadway.
The film, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Actor at the 2011 Outfest Film Festival and was an official selection at Frameline and QFest, “incorporat[es] the original text of Romeo and Juliet, YouTube videos, and lip-synched Indie rock music,” according to its press release, and “takes us to a mysterious and tender place that only Shakespeare could have inspired.”
Private Romeo opens at Cinema Village in New York on Februrary 12. Check the website for future screenings.