We got to chat with the stars of Romeo & Juliet, Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld, and Julian Fellowes (who adapted the original Shakespeare play) about the tragic love story and how it remains a classic in today's modern world.
"There was a little bit of pressure in the beginning because the thought of it is so intimidating," Hailee told us. "But once we got into it, we didn't really think about the pressure." Douglas knew they had to put their own spin on it. "It comes with so much baggage, so it was very important for us in the beginning to throw that all away and create something completely new," he explained.
Julian had the challenge of adding his own twist to the film, but still staying true to Shakespeare. "When it gets too dense for a modern generation to understand, there's always a danger that they then start to separate themselves from the story," he said. "But at the same time you don't want to lose the Shakespearean language."
Even almost 500 years after the tragic love story was written, "I think the themes are totally still relevant," said Douglas. "Around the world you'll find people that are in love, but can't be together because they have prearranged marriages or there's conflicts within societies."
Romeo & Juliet is out in theaters on October 11.