As Bruce Willis prepares to celebrate his milestone 60th birthday this year, he’s also crossing an item off his bucket list: starring on Broadway! The 59-year-old actor will make his debut in a stage adaptation of Stephen King’s famous psychological horror novel Misery.
Bruce is confirmed to be appearing for a limited run in the fall, though exact dates and the location of the play are yet to be confirmed.
As the film’s protagonist, romance novelist Paul Sheldon, Bruce will be held prisoner by a deranged fan – originally played by Kathy Bates – after a car crash.
American actress Elizabeth Marvel, who has appeared in True Grit and Burn After Reading, will play the female lead. Fans will see Bruce’s character Paul involved in a car accident after skidding on ice, with his latest manuscript in his briefcase.
Super fan Annie brings him back to her log cabin to recover, but when she discovers that Paul has killed off her favourite character, her obsession with the author takes a dark turn. As Paul devises an escape plan, Annie grows increasingly controlling and violent and orders him to re-write his story.
The book was previously made into a film in 1990 starring James Caan and Kathy Bates. The 66-year-old actress won an Oscar for her portrayal in the thriller. Directed by Will Frears, the new stage production of Misery will be written by William Goldman.
At the start of his acting career, Bruce made his theatre debut in the Off-Broadway production of Heaven and Earth. He also played a lead role in the Off-Broadway production of writer-director Dennis Watlington’s Bullpen for four years.
Bruce, however, is best known for making waves in Hollywood. The big-screen star, who is married to English model Emma Heming, has appeared in over sixty films, including Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, Sin City and The Sixth Sense.
The trend to swap the movie set for the theatre stage is becoming more popular with celebrities. Bradley Cooper will be coming to London to star in The Elephant Man in the West End, following its successful run on Broadway.