Bisexual representation, vampires, and a Greek island: With A Kiss I Die has it all. In the movie, premiering on 28 August, the Juliet we all know and love has fangs, sucks blood and is bisexual.
Yes, this is definitely a lot to process for Shakespeare’s purists, but let’s look at the bright side. The tragedy of Romeo & Juliet has undergone several movie adaptations throughout the years – from Franco Zeffirelli’s classic film to Baz Luhrmann’s extravaganza – but this will be the first time Verona’s heroine is a bisexual woman. Or a vampire, for all that matters.
Turned into a blood-sucking creature after her attempted suicide, Juliet is now a badass vampire who gave up on love. Portrayed by actress Ella Kweku, the character is still mourning the loss of her beloved Romeo, who died in her arms 800 years earlier. But even eternal loyalty has an expiration date. Juliet, in fact, meets Veron (Paige Emerson), an American girl who makes her reconsider her life and death choices.