Hes never had issues with playing the romantic lead, and Orlando Bloom has scored the role of Romeo in the forthcoming Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet.
Under the direction of David Leveaux, the Pirates of the Caribbean hunk will work with Condola Rashad as Juliet to be the first interracial couple to do the play.
Romeo and Juliet will begin previews on August 24th and will officially open on September 19th at the Richard Rodgers Theater.
Leveaux told press, They could have been any number of different ethnicities. The two actors I wanted to be together producing sparks just happened to be those two and I followed my nose in casting the families.
There was nothing simple about that choice but Im not about to turn a contemporary version of Shakespeare into a sociological or political point. We know there are families from one background or another who would reject their children getting together with someone from another group. Romeo and Juliet reject that notion. It is still the case that children try to oppose the cultural expectations thrust upon them, the rigidity of tribes, the rigidity of fundamentalism.