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Paolo Roversi Taps a Constellation of Stars for Pirelli's 2020 Calendar

Posted On: Dec 3, 2019   |   Posted By: WWD

Shakespeare's “Romeo & Juliet,” considered by some to be the penultimate love story, has taunted writers and directors to meddle with perfection. Why would anyone attempt it? The tug of the story with its beautiful, headstrong heroine, handsome lover, and their tragic fate has proved too strong to resist for some.
Count Paolo Roversi among them. The Paris-based Italian photographer, who was tapped to shoot the Pirelli 2020 calendar, created the concept of “Looking for Juliet,” which merges photography, and, for the first time, film.
An 18-minute short movie has a simple conceit. Roversi cast himself as a film director, who interviews actors for the role of Juliet. One-by-one, they pass in front of his lens to portray the multifaceted Juliet, displaying a broad range of emotions. One thing Roversi makes clear is that there's no right or wrong way to illuminate, or in some cases, inhabit the character.
Roversi's casting call checks off all the politically correct boxes. Actors of different ethnicities, check;...

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