The new film Private Romeo hasn’t even been released yet, but it’s making some early waves in the gay film community because of it’s fresh take on an old classic. Writer/director Alan Brown presents Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet through two rival military schools, drawing on the unrequited love between two male cadets.
Based on the trailer (see below), it looks like it could be a good movie. It features Hale Appleman, who you might recognize from the MTV film Pedro, written by Dustin Lance Black (who also wrote Milk), and stars Seth Numrich and Matt Doyle (who’s most recently been seen on Gossip Girl as Eric van der Woodsen’s love interest) as the star-crossed lovers. This isn’t the first gay Romeo & Juliet to grace the independent screen, but it might be the first to deal with gay youth and the military.
Here’s the plot according to the movie’s Web site:
When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives. Incorporating the original text of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, YouTube videos, and lip-synched Indie rock music, Private Romeo takes us to a mysterious and tender place that only Shakespeare could have inspired.
Here’s the trailer: