Tuesday, February 20, 2024

With a Kiss I Die Brings New Life to Beloved Shakespeare Romance

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“In my lifetime, I’ve only fallen in love twice. The first time led to betrayal, murder, and suicide; the second time would prove far more tragic.”

Thus begins the trailer for the highly anticipated LGBTQ Shakespearean vampire romance. You heard me. Racially Diverse. Queer. Vampire. Shakespeare. Did I mention it’s based on Romeo and Juliet? Yes, that Romeo and Juliet.

As it turns out, after Juliet tried to commit suicide, she was turned into a vampire by the one known only as “Father.” She then told her story to the Bard of Avon, and he turned it into a play. Centuries later, Juliet has found love again with an American woman named Farryn. In this dark romance, Juliet’s vampire family, headed by a blood-thirsty patriarch, disapproves of the pairing. Once again, our heroine must choose between love and family while struggling with her fear of repeating her past mistakes, leading to further tragedy.

You all know how much I enjoy angsty Sapphic vampire stories and this looks to be just up my alley. From stunningly gorgeous sets and filming locations to the interracial romance, it looks to be something I’ll watch multiple times. I’m no fan of Romeo and Juliet re-tellings, but this one? I’m already stanning for it.

Directed and penned by Ronnie Khalil, the film stars Ella Kweku as Juliet and newcomer Paige Emerson as Farryn, as well as top Greek actors from stage and screen George Kopsidas as Amaltheo and Ioannis Papazisis as ‘cousin.’ As of August 28, With a Kiss I Die will be available on demand on iTunes, Amazon, Direct TV, Dish Network, and Mediacom.

Plus, With a Kiss I Die is already available for pre-order on iTunes here: https://apple.co/2tzMkRb and you can bet your bananas I’ve already preordered it. This is the Romeo and Juliet adaptation I never knew I needed.

For more information go to: www.withakissidie.com


Images courtesy of Red Arrow Studios

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    Bi/pan, they/them. Gretchen is a Managing Editor for the Fandomentals. An unabashed academic book nerd and aspiring sci/fi and fantasy author, they have about things like media, representation, and ethics in storytelling.

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