Bruce Willis will make his Broadway debut in the fall, in the stage adaptation of Stephen King's novel Misery.
The book was made into a film in 1990, directed by Rob Reiner and starring James Caan and Kathy Bates, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Annie Wilkes, the obsessive fan who kept Caan's novelist Paul Sheldon captive when he crashed his car near her house.
Die Hard actor Willis, who turns 60 later this month, will play the lead role of Sheldon, while Elizabeth Marvel will take on the role of the deranged fan. Marvel has starred in several other Broadway productions and also played the role of Heather Dunbar in House of Cards.
The play has been written by William Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for the film and has adapted other King novels for the stage.
"Misery is an outstanding psychological thriller," Producer Mark Kaufman of Warner Bros. Theater Ventures told Us Weekly in a statement. "Bruce Willis, who is making his Broadway debut, and Elizabeth Marvel are two great actors who are absolutely perfect to play these characters. I expect this production will be a suspenseful and exciting night of theater on Broadway.”
Willis will appear for a limited run in the production sometime this fall, although the exact dates have yet to be announced.
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