There are a lot of exciting new shows coming from ABC and that includes Shonda Rhimes’ Still Star-Crossed. Expectations are running high for the period drama as it packs a stellar cast, high production value, and a unique storyline.
Still Star-Crossed is billed as a sequel to the legendary romantic tragedy that is Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It is based on the titular book written by Melinda Taub. The story follows Rosaline (Lashana Lynch), Juliet’s cousin. The setting takes place after Romeo and Juliet’s deaths when Rosaline goes to live with Juliet’s grieving parents as their maid.
In the official trailer released by ABC, Verona falls into chaos in the wake of Romeo and Juliet’s death. The conflict between rival families Montague and Capulet are tearing the city apart. To bring peace back to Verona, Rosaline and Romeo’s cousin Benvolio are forced to marry one another to unite the two families, a set up both Rosaline and Benvolio strongly oppose.
In signature Shonda Rhimes fashion, Still Star-Crossed will be filled with action, politics, and romance.
According to Den of Geek, the pilot of the series was shot in Spain, particularly in Madrid, Salamanca, and Plasencia. Still Star-Crossed also enlists familiar faces such as Home and Away actor Wade Briggs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Anthony Head, Scream Queens alum Lucien Laviscount, and Reign heartthrob Torrance Combs.
Zuleikha Robinson and Ebonée Noel also joins the Still Star-Crossed cast. Heather Mitchell, Michael Goldstein, Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes are onboard as executive producers.
The Still Star-Crossed TV series joins ABC’s list of new shows. Mashable reports that ABC also ordered pilot episodes of Conviction, American Housewife, Speechless, and Designated Survivor. The schedule for Still Star-Crossed is not yet disclosed.
ABC does not have a satisfactory record when it comes to period dramas, but it is hopeful that this new entry from Shondaland might break the chain.