Jesse Eisenberg will reprise his role in his own play this summer in London, where “The Spoils” will open in June in a transfer that will star Eisenberg and a fellow member of the play’s original cast, Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”).
Eisenberg, currently seen on the bigscreen as villain Lex Luthor in “Batman v Superman,” has written three plays that have run Off Broadway in recent years, starting with “Asuncion” and “The Revisionist.” The third, “The Spoils,” bowed last summer in a production from the New Group that starred Eisenberg and Nayyar. (Eisenberg also appeared in “Asuncion” and “The Revisionist.”)
Director Scott Elliott, the artistic director of the New Group, will return to helm the London staging of “The Spoils” at Trafalgar Studios. The storyline centers on Ben, a toxic young man (Eisenberg) sent into a tailspin when he discovers his high school crush is marrying a banker. Nayyar co-stars as Ben’s roommate; the three other actors in the London cast remain to be set.
London theater giant Ambassador Theater Group and Lisa Matlin will present the London transfer of the New Group staging, which begins previews May 27 prior to a June 2 opening.