Actor returns to Broadway in Wilson revival
producer of “Julius Caesar,” in starred Washington in the role of Brutus in 2005. That stint established Washington as a legit box office draw who could tap both the traditional theatergoing demo as well as an African-American audience that also turned out for Sean Combs’ turn in the hit 2004 revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” Washington’s 14-week run in “Julius Caesar” grossed north of $8.5 million overall. The producers, who locked a deal with Washington’s WME rep Ed Limato late Friday, are now in talks to secure a theater. In the current Rialto season, Washington joins a celeb-heavy lineup of Broadway plays that already includes the Daniel Craig-Hugh Jackman-starrer “A Steady Rain” and “Hamlet” with Jude Law starring. Washington’s next big-screen turn is “Book of Eli,” the Allen and Albert Hughes-directed drama from Alcon Entertainment that Warner Bros. releases on January 15. Washington is currently starring with Chris Pine in “Unstoppable,” the Tony Scott-directed drama for 20th Century Fox.