Adam Driver Sets Broadway Return in 'Burn This'

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The Kylo Ren actor, who reprises his role in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' will lead a 2019 revival of Lanford Wilson's drama, directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer.

Returning to his stage roots for the first time since his breakout roles on HBO's Girls and in the Star Wars movies, among others, Adam Driver has signed on to lead a 2019 Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's combustible drama set in gritty 1980s New York, Burn This.

Driver will star as Pale, a highly volatile, coke-snorting restaurant manager who disrupts a quiet gathering of grieving friends in the downtown apartment of his recently deceased gay brother. The role was originated, in the play's celebrated 1987 premiere, by John Malkovich, with Joan Allen as the sensitive dancer-choreographer Anna, who breaks with her screenwriter boyfriend to begin a relationship with the angry interloper.

Casting for the remaining three roles in the revival is to be announced, along with venue and exact dates. Michael Mayer, a 2007 Tony Award winner for Spring Awakening, will direct the production, reteaming with his Hedwig and the Angry Inch producer David Binder.

Driver's recent films include Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky and Rian Johnson's eagerly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi. His upcoming screen work also includes Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and Spike Lee's The Black Klansman.

The Juilliard-trained actor previously appeared on Broadway in 2010 in Mrs. Warren's Profession, with Cherry Jones; and the following year in Man and Boy, opposite Frank Langella. Off-Broadway, he was seen in Look Back in Anger and Angels in America.

A Broadway revival of Burn This was originally announced for February this year, with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star, but that plan fell apart due to scheduling conflicts.