Cast announced for Killer Joe
Friday 13 April 2018
Casting - London West End - Shows
Full casting is announced to join Hollywood star Orlando Bloom as a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in multi award-winning Tracy Letts' blackly comic thriller, Killer Joe.
Image: Emily Dobbs Productions and Empire Street Productions
Orlando Bloom is set to star in Tracy Letts' tense, gut-twisting thriller, Killer Joe scheduled to play a strictly limited 13-week season from Friday 18 May to Saturday 18 August at the West End's Trafalgar Studio 1 (tickets are available here from ActDrop).
Killer Joe is directed by Simon Evans (The Dazzle and Bug at Found111 and current West End hit The Best Man at The Playhouse) and asks where the moral line is drawn in the fight for survival.
From top (l to r) Sophie Cookson, Adam Gillen, Neve McIntosh, Steffan Rhodri
Joining Mr Bloom in the show are:
Sophie Cookson ('Sidney' in Netflix series Gypsy, secret agent Roxanne "Roxy" Morton in the films Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle).
Adam Gillen (currently starring at the National Theatre as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the acclaimed production of Amadeus, and best known as Liam in five series of ITV's Benidorm).
Neve McIntosh (Dr Who Lizard Queen Madam Vastra, a sword-wielding, human-eating late Victorian crime fighter and Kay Gillies, an award-winning career-minded architect in BBC1's thriller The Replacement).
Steffan Rhodri (Labour Whip Walter Harrison in James Graham's This House at the Garrick Theatre, and best known for portraying Dave Coaches on Gavin & Stacey and as Reg Cattermole in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I).
Speaking earlier about his role, Mr Bloom said ...
Photo by Amanda Friedman
"I'm always looking for an opportunity to get back on stage, especially in London, the heart of my home.
Tracy Letts' Killer Joe is an incredible, adrenaline-fueled piece of writing, with a dark and gritty character to play.
It's an interesting comment on a disenfranchised view of the American dream.
Whilst Joe may appear to be simply a killer, I believe Letts' intentions for Joe are far more layered.
It's very different from many of the film roles I'm most recognized for.
After talking it through with director Simon Evans, I know we will create a production that is polarizing, entertaining, dark and funny.
The play may be 25 years old this year, but the relationships it portrays, especially between Joe and the innocent girl Dottie, speak so brilliantly to the empowerment we're seeing around the world in 2018.
It's the perfect time to be bringing this play back to London, and I couldn't be more excited to be part of it."
Mr Bloom will next star in Amazon's newest original series Carnival Row, an eight-episode fantasy noir set in a neo-Victorian city.
The series will premiere in 2019 and Mr Bloom is both a producer and star of the show.
He is well known for his role as 'Will Turner' in the Pirates of the Caribbean films which have all been massive box office hits, grossing a total of $4.6 billion worldwide.
The fifth and most recent film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was released in May 2017 and grossed almost $800 million.
Additionally, Mr Bloom is well known for his role as 'Legolas' in Peter Jackson's Academy Award winning trilogy The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
The five films that Mr Bloom starred in grossed over $4.8 billion.
His other film credits include Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven, Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown and Wolfgang Peterson's Troy, among many others.
On stage, Mr Bloom received critical acclaim for his Broadway debut as 'Romeo' in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, directed by David Leveaux.
In 2007, he made his debut at London's West End in a revival of David Storey's 1969 drama In Celebration produced by Sonia Friedman and directed by Anna Mackmin.
Mr Bloom graduated from London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he performed in many stage productions, including Peer Gynt and Twelfth Night.
For over a decade, he has been a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and travels around the world to fight for the rights of children and was honored with the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award in 2015.
About the playwright
Tracy Letts is the author of the plays The Minutes, Linda Vista, Mary Page Marlowe, Superior Donuts, August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award), Man From Nebraska (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Time Magazine's Top 10 Plays of 2003), Bug, and Killer Joe.
Also an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses and Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role).
Film appearances include The Post, Lady Bird, The Lovers, Christine, Imperium, Indignation, Wiener-dog, Elvis and Nixon, The Big Short. TV: Divorce (HBO), two seasons as Sen. Lockhart on Homeland (Showtime), Seinfeld.
He is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and his appearances there include: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, American Buffalo, Betrayal, Homebody/Kabul, The Dresser, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross, Three Days of Rain, many others.
About the director
Simon Evans's credits as a director include: The Best Man at the Playhouse Theatre, West End, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar Warehouse, The Dazzle, Bug and Fool For Love at Found111, Alligators at Hampstead Theatre, The Silence of the Sea at the Donmar Warehouse, Almost Maine, Shawshank Redemption and Ghostbuisters for Secret Cinema, Rubber Room at the Old Vic, and Madness in Valencia at Trafalgar Studios.
Mr Evans was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse, Staff Director at the National and Creative Associate at the Bush.
He is Artistic Director of Myriad & Co.
The Smith family hatch a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money.
They hire Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job.
But once he enters their trailer home and comes face to face with their innocent daughter, the plan spirals out of control ...
Author: Tracy Letts
Director: Simon Evans
Production: Emily Dobbs Productions and Empire Street Productions
From: Friday 18 May 2018
Closes: Saturday 18 August 2018
Standard: From £45
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