Weisz, Swank eye plum Gotham stage roles
NEW YORK — The movie crowd continues to gravitate toward the Broadway scene.
Rachel Weisz will replace Natasha Richardson in the Roundabout’s “Miss Julie,” due in 2003. Richardson pulled out of the production to pursue her film career. Philip Seymour Hoffman remains on board to co-star as Jean, the stable boy who seduces his master’s daughter, in the August Strindberg classic.
Weisz, best known Stateside for her roles in “The Mummy” franchise, was last seen on the Gotham stage in the 2001 Off Broadway production of Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things.” The British actress subsequently made the film version with her legit co-star, Paul Rudd.
Director Marianne Elliott travels to Gotham next week to meet with Hilary Swank for Fran and Barry Weissler’s production of “The Miracle Worker,” due on Broadway this season.
Swank has been mentioned as likely to play the title role in the William Gibson drama about Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. Anne Bancroft originated the Sullivan part in the 1959 staging on Broadway.
Elliott is an artistic director with the Royal Exchange in London. Last season, she helmed a much-acclaimed production of “The Little Foxes” at the Donmar Warehouse.
But the legit season’s starriest cast may actually assemble downtown at Pace U.
Al Pacino brings a bunch of movie buddies to the National Actors Theater’s production of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.” Steve Buscemi, Billy Crudup, John Goodman, Chazz Palminteri and NAT artistic director Tony Randall join him in the Bertolt Brecht drama about a Chicago gangster. The production inaugurates the company’s new association with Pace.
Director is Simon McBurney of the Theatre de Complicite, last seen in Gotham with their 2001 production of “Mnemonic.”
“Arturo Ui” performances begin Oct. 3 for a limited engagement.