i have a project where i have to choose actors to be the main characters in Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet. so far i have:
Juliet as Taylor Swift
Romeo as Zac Effron
Lord Montague as Johnny Depp
Lady Montague as Sandra Bullock
Lord Capulet as Tim McGraw
Lady Capulet as Nicole Kidman
Mercutio as Justin Timberlake
Benvolio as Daniel Radcliffe
Tybalt as Taylor Lautner
Paris as Joe Jonas
Prince Escalus as Leonardo di Caprio
Nurse as Tina Faye or Renee Zellweger
Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
Johnny Depp is 40+ but looks too young for Lord Montague. Remember that his wife tells Montague that he should use a crutch instead of a sword in Act I when the feud breaks anew. What about Jack Black? He can be made to look older easily since he has the mature figure already.
What about Kathy Griffin for the Nurse? She is certainly irreverent enough.
I like how you've got Taylor Swift playing Juliet. Are you being influenced be "Love Story," perhaps?
I think that you need someone more menacing and angry to play Tybalt. Taylor Lautner doesn't come across like that to me. Based on recent performances, Charlie Sheen might be good, though he is a bit old. Maybe 50 Cent? What about Michael Imperioli? He was pretty good at being angry and dangerous in The Sopranos.
For the Nurse, you need someone older and fatter and bawdier. Roseanne Barr would have been great, but she's not exactly modern anymore. If you've ever heard of her, I think she'd be good because she's so crass. I can totally see her saying the things the nurse says.
Who do you think could play Sampson, Gregory, Abram?