Hulu’s Rosaline turns the spotlight on Romeo’s jilted ex

Isabela Merced (left) and Kaitlyn Dever (right) as Juliet and Rosaline in Rosaline

Isabela Merced (left) and Kaitlyn Dever (right) as Juliet and Rosaline in Rosaline
Image: Walt Disney Studios

We all remember that one moment of English class in high school. No, not when you realized the titular young lover in that 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet that your teacher definitely let you watch looked a lot like Zac Efron. The other. When you realized that Romeo and Juliet, arguably the most famous love story of all time, was actually… a love triangle? Like Twilight? With another random girl named Rosaline? And behold, a million memes were born.

The joke has always been there: What better way to win a breakup than by watching your crazy cheating ex, directly or indirectly, kill not only himself, but his new girlfriend and five other people, too. all in the span of, like, three days? Four Centuries Later, Hulu answers the call of AP students and Shakespeare scholars: What? would the great love story ever told looks from a different perspective?

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Rosaline | Official trailer | hulu

Rosaline fits nicely into the current media modernizing much of the history we will call “the corset times” (sometimes successfully and other times… not so much). Set about Icona Pop and Charli XCX’s decidedly non-Shakespearean hit “I Love It,” Rosaline (played by smart book and Dopessick‘s Kaitlyn Dever) tells her misery to the audience and, well, anyone unlucky enough to stumble into her presence during this very famous and…we can only imagine—very frustrating week in the life of the teenager.

Eventually our real hero befriends The Other Woman Who Shall Not Be Named (who also happens to be her cousin –remember that little nugget?) in a concoction to steal back the love of her life that Surely will not lead to suicide and misery for everyone. It seems like a fun, classic rom-com setup. What could go wrong?

Rosaline also stars Isabela Merced (Dora and the Lost City of Gold) as Julia, Kyle Allen (West Side Story) as Romeo, Minnie Driver (Speechless), Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Sean Teale (Little Voice).

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The film will premiere on Hulu on October 14.

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