Be still our beating hearts – Bloom is back! We’re used to seeing Orlando alongside his supermodel wife Miranda Kerr with or without their equally gorgeous son Flynn in tow. But, it looks like he’ll soon be back treading the boards not just of Middle Earth but also midtown Manhattan as he’s set to play the leading man in a Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet. Swoon!
According to Entertainment Weekly, the production hasn’t been performed on Broadway in 36 years and is set to add a twist to the tale by introducing ethnicity (Juliet will be played by Condola Rashad) and setting it in modern times. As we all know, Brit-boy Bloom is not the first famous fellow to play this most hallowed part but we reckon he’s got the heartbreaker credentials to do it justice. And while we’re on the subject, let’s just remind ourselves of who else has walked in Mr Montague’s shoes…
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
Lovely Leo – our teenage dream. We lived for his performance in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 adaptation alongside a slightly more stable Carrie Mathison aka Claire Danes. This song still gives us chills.
2. Leonard Whiting
Another Leo. You’ll know this one from Franco Zeffirelli’s version which you probably watched at least once in English class on the last day of term. On VHS.
3. Douglas Booth
It’s not out yet but we’re already getting a little bit excited about Douglas Booth’s performance in Carlo Carlei’s new but very traditional adaptation hitting our screens this October. He told us that during fight scenes, he got so carried away, he ripped his trousers. Oops! Homeland’s Damian Lewis is playing Lord Capulet –Juliet’s father. Luckily, Claire Danes is not reprising her role and they’ve enlisted age-appropriate Hailee Steinfeld to star opposite Dougie. Phew.
4. James McAvoy
You’ll probably not instantly recognise James McAvoy in the role of Romeo but that’s because he voiced the cute cartoon version depicted by animated gnomes in yep, you've guessed it, Gnomeo and Juliet. Props to Elton John for providing the music.
5. Joseph Fiennes
We’re also massive fans of Shakespeare In Love which sees Romeo and Juliet performed as a play within a film. Sort of. We don’t want to spoil it for you if you haven't seen it (WTF?!) but be assured, the chemistry between Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare/ Romeo and Gwyneth Paltrow as Juliet is well worth a watch.