David Strathairn will join Jessica Chastain in the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of “The Heiress,” with the actor signing on to play the father of Chastain’s title character.
Based on Henry James’ 1880 novel “Washington Square,” the storyline centers on a young woman (Chastain) whose father (Strathairn) worries that the suitor she loves is only after the sizeable inheritance he plans to leave to his daughter. The 1947 play by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, on which the 1949 movie is based, was most recently on the Rialto in a 1995 staging toplined by Cherry Jones.
Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Alphas”) was last on Broadway in the 2003 revival of “Salome.” Chastain’s stage work includes the L.A. incarnation of “Salome” as well as the Peter Sellars-helmed production of “Othello” that starred Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Moises Kaufman (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”) directs “The Heiress,” which targets a fall run with dates and theater still to be set. Commercial run is produced by Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland.