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Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You
Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You

Lakeith Stanfield’s new film will set Romeo and Juliet in 1980s New York

The actor will take the starring role in the adaptation of the graphic novel Prince of Cats

Actor Lakeith Stanfield – who has recently acted in Get Out, Sorry to Bother You, and Donald Glover’s Atlanta – is set to star in a film adaptation of the graphic novel Prince of Cats.

The graphic novel, by author Ron Wimberly, is a hip hop-inspired retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, set in 1980s New York. Stanfield will play Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin (this version is retold from his perspective). Expect plenty of duelling and music as the Capulets and Montagues navigate a retro – and violent – Brooklyn.

The producer and writer Selwyn Seyfu Hinds is also attached to assist with the adaptation of Wimberly’s story. 

If the role is enough to warrant Lakeith Stanfield's one and only Instagram post, he must be pretty excited.