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Laurie Metcalf Joins Bruce Willis in Broadway ‘Misery’ This Fall

Laurie Metcalf will star with Bruce Willis in the Broadway play adaptation of “Misery,” which has just locked in a November opening at the Broadhurst Theater.

Metcalf replaces the previously announced Elizabeth Marvel, the stage veteran who had to drop out of the project due to her commitment to “House of Cards,” the Netflix series on which she’s a regular.

Metcalf, familiar to TV audiences from roles in shows including HBO series “Getting On” and “Roseanne,” has been a frequent presence on the New York stage, with appearances in plays including Off Broadway’s “Domesticated” and Broadway’s “The Other Place.” In “Misery,” she’ll play the crazed fan who keeps her favorite writer (Willis) hostage.

William Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-winning 1990 film, also wrote the script for the play version of the Stephen King novel. Will Frears directs.

“Misery” comes to Broadway under the auspices of Warner Bros. Theater Ventures, which will also shepherd the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” musical, now playing in London, to Broadway in the coming seasons. Castle Rock Entertainment (Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer) and Raymond Wu also are among the producing team.

“Misery” has lined up a fall run in New York that begins previews Oct. 22 ahead of a Nov. 17 opening at the Broadhurst Theater, where “Mamma Mia!” will close in September. The limited engagement of “Misery” is currently set to run 16 weeks.

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