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Armie Hammer, currently drawing rave reviews in the indie drama Call Me by Your Name, will make his Broadway debut next summer in the Young Jean Lee play Straight White Men.
Director Anna D. Shapiro, who won a Tony Award in 2008 for her production of Tracy Letts‘ August: Osage County, will stage the dark comedy about three adult brothers who reunite at the home of their widowed father for Christmas.
Tom Skerritt will play the father while Hammer will appear as Drew, the youngest of the family and an award-winning fiction writer. Casting has not yet been announced for the remaining two roles of hotshot middle-son banker Jake and eldest son Matt, perceived as the loser of the clan.
The play, which takes a complex view, both ruthless and unexpectedly compassionate, of the planet’s most privileged species, premiered to critical acclaim in a different production in 2014 at the Public Theater. It was included on The Hollywood Reporter‘s list of the best New York theater of that year.
Second Stage Theater will produce Straight White Men as part of the company’s inaugural Broadway season in its new home at the Helen Hayes Theater, beginning previews June 29, 2018 for a July 23 official opening. Young Jean Lee will be the first Asian-American female playwright to be produced on Broadway.
Opening Second Stage’s Broadway season on March 26 is Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero, starring Chris Evans, Michael Cera, Brian Tyree Henry and Bel Powley.
Hammer will next be seen on screen in Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, premiering in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Other upcoming film roles include Mimi Leder’s On the Basis of Sex, with Felicity Jones, about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
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