Nine years after her breakout role on HBO’s Rome, Zuleikha Robinson has been tapped for another period drama, ABC pilot Still Star-Crossed, in which she will play Lady Capulet. The Romeo & Juliet sequel from Shondaland also has cast its female lead, which went to British actress Lashana Lynch.
Written by Heather Mitchell based on the book by Melinda Taub, Still Star-Crossed is set in 16th century Verona and picks up where William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet left off. It charts the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.
The story centers on Rosaline (Lynch), a gorgeous, intelligent and headstrong Capulet and Juliet’s cousin. Following the death of her parents, she is taken in by her aunt and uncle, Juliet’s parents Lady (Robinson) and Lord Capulet, and forced to work as a servant. She does her best to tolerate her aunt’s cruelty, and focuses on finding a way to free herself of the humiliation. She is eventually ordered to marry Benvolio (male lead Wade Briggs), a Montague.
British-born Robinson, whose series credits also include Lost, Homeland and The Following, is repped by Gersh, Dan Spilo at Industry and attorney Howard Fishman.
Lynch, who got her break in the 2012 feature Fast Girls, received strong reviews for playing the tile character in Educating Rita on stage in the UK. She is repped by The BWH Agency and Alan Siegel Entertainment.