'True Blood' Actor Joins 'Of Mice and Men' Cast (Exclusive)
Of Mice and Men has found its voice of reason.
True Blood's Jim Parrack has been added to the upcoming Broadway production of the John Steinbeck classic, appearing with James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton. He will play Slim, the quiet but wise mule driver of the ranch.
Parrack, who starred in Battle: Los Angeles, will reunite with Franco, having appeared in the filmmaker's Child of God and his adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. He also has a role in Franco's next Faulkner project, The Sound and the Fury.
On the big screen, Parrack will next be seen in David Ayer's World War II thriller Fury opposite Brad Pitt, set for a November 2014 release, as well as A Night in Old Mexico, opposite Robert Duvall, which is premiering at SXSW. He is currently directing the independent supernatural thriller Black Curry in which he also stars.
Parrack is represented by Paradigm and James/Levy Management.
Anna D. Shapiro, a Tony winner for Tracy Letts' August: Osage County, will direct the Steinbeck adaptation, which marks the first time the play has been seen on Broadway in 40 years.
Produced by David Binder, it begins previews March 19 at the Longacre Theatre, with an official opening set for April 16. Tickets go on sale Jan. 11 for the limited engagement, which runs through July 27.
The Of Mice and Men revival adds further luster to a starry Broadway lineup for the second half of the 2013-14 season. Also on the calendar are Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll in A Raisin in the Sun, opening April 3 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre; Debra Messing in Outside Mullingar, which opened Jan. 23 at the Friedman; Bryan Cranston as LBJ in All the Way, opening March 6 at the Neil Simon; and Tyne Daly in Mothers and Sons, opening March 24 at the John Golden.
Spring musical productions headlined by marquee talent include Zach Braff in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, opening April 10 at the St. James Theatre; Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, opening April 22 at the Belasco; and Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming in Cabaret, which bows April 24 at Studio 54, right before the cutoff date for Tony Awards eligibility.