Jim Norton Joins Broadway’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ Starring James Franco

Tony winner signs on to the spring revival that also stars Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester

Jim Norton of Mice and Men

Jim Norton, the Irish actor who scored a 2008 Tony for his perf in “The Seafarer,” has signed on to join James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in the upcoming Broadway revival of “Of Mice and Men.”

Norton (“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Finian’s Rainbow”), currently starring in the Off Broadway staging of “The Night Alive” (also penned by “Seafarer” scribe Conor McPherson), will play Candy, an aging ranch hand whose hopes are kindled by the future plans of George and Lennie, the two protags to be played by Franco and O’Dowd.

Norton is the latest addition to the star-driven revival, with Leighton Meester set to make her Broadway bow as the woman who plays a significant role in the story’s tragic conclusion. Further casting remains to be set for the production, to be helmed by Anna D. Shapiro (“August: Osage County”).

The revival is one of a handful of plays this spring led by notable Hollywood names, including Denzel Washington starrer “A Raisin in the Sun” and Bryan Cranston topliner “Alll the Way.” The producing team of “Mice and Men” is led by David Binder, also behind the upcoming staging of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” starring Neil Patrick Harris.

“Of Mice and Men” begins previews March 19 ahead of an April 16 opening at the Longacre Theater.