Wilde (“Vinyl,” “House”), who recently wrapped films “A Vigilante” and “Life Itself” opposite Oscar Isaac, will play Julia, the woman with whom the dystopian tale’s protagonist, Winston Smith (Sturridge, nominated for a Tony in “Orphans“), begins an affair. Birney, who picked up a Tony Award last season for “The Humans,” will play the spy O’Brien.
The play arrives in New York after winning acclaim in four different runs in the U.K. (including one on the West End), and after the George Orwell title itself suddenly became a hot topic in the wake of the presidential election. Robert Icke (“The Red Barn“) and Duncan Macmillan co-adapt and co-direct the production, which on Broadway will also star Wayne Duvall, Carl Hendrick Louis, Nick Mills, Michael Potts, and Cara Seymour.
Sonia Friedman (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Dreamgirls”) and Scott Rudin (“The Book of Mormon,” “The Humans,” “Hello, Dolly!”) produce the New York staging, which begins previews May 18 ahead of a June 22 opening at the Hudson Theater (where the current occupant, “Sunday in the Park with George,” closes April 23). The timing makes the show one of the first to open during the 2017-18 season.