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Vera Farmiga in Talks to Star in a Romeo and Juliet Adaptation

Vera Farmiga.

According to Deadline, Vera Farmiga is considering a role in The Locals, a contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet already starring Shirley MacLaine and maybe Alan Arkin. What does director Sue Kramer plan to bring to this apparently endlessly adaptable story? "A Jewish/Italian twist." (So, technically only half-new.) Said Kramer, "These two cultures have so much in common ... Love of gab, love of food, they talk with their hands, and they feed you with guilt.” Sounds like a nice thing to see with your grandmother? [Deadline]