Jesse Eisenberg Will Take 'The Spoils' to London
The actor-playwright, currently seen onscreen in 'Batman v. Superman,' will co-star with Kunal Nayyar of 'The Big Bang Theory' in the comedy's West End debut.
Jesse Eisenberg has lined up a London transfer for the off-Broadway production of his acerbic comedy about American privilege and millennial neuroses, The Spoils.
Currently seen onscreen as villain Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Eisenberg will appear with his original co-star, Kunal Nayyar of The Big Bang Theory, as odd-couple roommates in the play, which runs in a limited engagement from May 27 through Aug. 13 at Trafalgar Studios in the West End.
Eisenberg plays Ben, a narcissistic wannabe film director living off his parents in a Manhattan apartment he shares with Nepalese business school student Kalyan. When Ben learns that his former elementary school crush is engaged to marry a banker, he sets out to sabotage the relationship and win her back.
Directed by Scott Elliott for the New Group, The Spoils premiered in New York last June, generating mostly favorable reviews. Further casting is to be announced for the London run, which is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group and Lisa Matlin.
The Spoils is the third play by the Oscar-nominated star of The Social Network to be produced, following Asuncion and The Revisionist, which is running through April 17 in its West Coast premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.