In the immortal words of Annie Wilkes, "Misery's alive! Misery's alive!"
"Misery," a new play adapted by William Goldman from the
The play will mark the Broadway debut of Willis, who is more associated with Hollywood action movies than New York stage productions. In the 1990 film adaptation of "Misery," which Goldman also wrote, the role of Paul Sheldon was played by James Caan, while Annie Wilkes was played by Kathy Bates, who won an Academy Award for her memorable performance.
The play's producers didn't provide any dates in their announcement on Wednesday, but said that "Misery" would begin performances in the fall of 2015 in a Broadway house to be announced shortly. Will Frears will direct the production.
"Misery" had a brief out-of-town run at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania in 2012, with a different cast that included Johanna Day and Daniel Gerroll.
The Broadway run will be produced by
Before he became a Hollywood star, Willis was a struggling New York actor who appeared in a number of off-Broadway productions. In a 2013 interview with
"I'd like to go and do theater. It seems like a more reasonable job, more manageable," he told the publication.