Not one to rest for long, Hugh Jackman already has his next run on Broadway set up, and it’s actually kind of a genre role. The actor, who starred as Wolverine in the X-Men films and headlined last year’s Real Steel, will play world-renowned magician and debunker of spiritualism Harry Houdini, Risky Business reports.
Houdini lived from 1874 to 1926 and was the recent subject of a fascinating episode of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on The History Channel. The musical, simply called Houdini, is written by none other than Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The West Wing).
“Rather than being a biography, Houdini — told in a contemporary tone — tells the story of an epic battle that took place between the world’s greatest illusionist and a trio of women, known as ‘Spiritualists,’ who convinced millions of people, including the editors of Scientific American and The New York Times, that they could communicate with the dead,” Sorkin said.
Set to run in the 2013-2014 season, the play brings with it a pretty heavy pedigree: In addition to the writer and star, Houdini boasts composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), director Jack O’Brien (The Coast of Utopia), and producers and set designers Scott Sanders (The Color Purple) and David Rockwell (Hairspray). Assuming the play will do well, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Houdini make the leap to the big screen a few years from now.
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