Does Shondaland Have an Epic Hit on Its Hands in ‘Still Star-Crossed’? Watch the First Trailer and Find Out!

STILL STAR-CROSSED - ABC's "Still Star-Crossed" stars Wade Briggs as Benvolio, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline and Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus. (ABC/Ed Herrera)

ABC’s “Still Star-Crossed” stars Wade Briggs as Benvolio, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline & Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus (ABC/Ed Herrera)

ABC has given a series order for the post-“Romeo & Juliet” TV pilot from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland shingle, which stars British actress Lashana Lynch.

Set to premiere in 2017, written by Heather Mitchell, and based on the book by Melinda Taub, the “Romeo & Juliet” sequel is titled “Still Star-Crossed” and is set in 16th century Verona, picking up where Shakespeare’s original work ended. It chronicles 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), described as a beautiful, intelligent and headstrong Capulet and Juliet’s cousin. Following the death of her parents, Rosaline is taken in by her aunt and uncle, Juliet’s parents Lady 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.

The diverse cast also includes (in terms of actors of African descent) Sterling Sulieman, Lucien Laviscount, and Ebonee Noel.

Lashana Lynch, who got her break in the 2012 Noel Clarke feature film “Fast Girls,” also played the tile character in “Educating Rita” on stage in the UK, for which she received much acclaim.

“Still Star-Crossed” will mark Lynch’s American TV premiere.

Along with the announcement of the series pickup, ABC released a first full trailer for the upcoming series, which is embedded below:


  1. It looks crazy and unbelievable. I give it half a season, before the stories become stale.

  2. A black man and a black woman in a love scene in a Shonda Rhimes’ series? Lawd, last time that happened in a Shonda Rhimes’s series it lasted 2 seconds and the black man was hauled off to jail!

    • False, on Scandal there have been love scenes with Olivia Pope and two Black men – Senator Edison Davis and B613 agent Russell. The sex scenes with Russell were lengthy. HTGAWM has sex scenes with Annalise and Nate. Grey’s Anatomy has scenes with Bailey and her husband.

      Shonda gets an undeserved rap for her interracial couples.

      • When I made that comment, I meant a lasting loving relationship where the black couples are shown making love. That’s why I made that 2 seconds joke. Olivia Pope is the regular side piece to a white man! So that don’t count. Annalise and Nate only lasted a second (that was the couple that I was referring to) Does Bailey and her husband have love scenes or just shown together?

  3. MMMMMM… I don’t know TROUBLEMAKER… How to get Away w/Murder had some pretty deep scenes between Viola and the Cop.

    But I’m picking up what you’re putting out~ *Winks*

  4. This is like a cross between “Belle,” “Romeo and Juliette” and “Game of Thrones” –so I’m going to say no. However, I’m glad to see Black people in stories other than the ones that show them enslaved (though those are important too)

  5. No thank you. Puzzling. Why would Rimes or ABC bother with this? Leave the costume dramas to PBS.

  6. I don’t want to bet against Queen Rhimes, but period dramas (so it seems) barely do well no matter if they are on the big screen or small screen.

  7. Shonda Rhimes showing a black man and a black woman in love with EACH OTHER?????? O.M.G!!!! What is the world coming to?

  8. Well I’ll watch because I love historical dramas but I think she should’ve taken this show to PBS. I mean that’s where I watch all of my period pieces. Good luck with ABC hope it lasts as long as Once Upon A Time has

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