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This Is How ‘Still Star-Crossed’ Is Connected To Romeo + Juliet

Shonda Rhimes’ newest series Still Star-Crossed just dropped, and you won’t believe how it’s connected to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Based on Melinda Taub’s 2013 book of the same name, Still Star-Crossed picks up just after the events of Romeo and Juliet come to a close. The pilot episode of the series even revisits the ill-fated lovers final moments which were caused because of the war between the Montague and Capulet families. With Juliet dead and buried, Still Star-Crossed follows her cousin, Rosaline Capulet (Lashana Lynch) who is going through her own struggles.

For those of us who can dive back to our high school days, you might recall that Romeo actually first had his sights set on Rosaline, but she was having none of it. Though the deaths of Romeo and Juliet caused the Montague and Capulet families to end their long-running feud at the end of the famous play, in Still Star-Crossed, war is still brewing between the families.

However, the ruler of Verona, Prince Escalus (Sterling Sulieman), is sick of all of the drama and bloodshed, In an attempt to stop the feud, he tries to force Rosaline to marry Romeo’s cousin Benvolio (Wade Briggs). As you can image, both parties involved are disgusted by the idea of the marriage, and they set out to find a way to stop the forthcoming wedding. Rivalry, romance, and emotion always make for epic TV.

Did you catch the series premiere of Still Star-Crossed when it debuted last night? If not, are you tempted to catch up?