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Bruce Willis to make Broadway debut

March 5, 2015
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Bruce Willis is set to make his debut on Broadway. The 59-year-old actor will play the protagonist in a stage-adaptation of Misery, the psychological horror novel by Stephen King.

While the exact dates and theatre are yet to be announced, it has been confirmed that Bruce will appear for a limited run this autumn.

He will take on the character of romantic novelist Paul Sheldon, who suffers a car crash and becomes held prisoner by his number one deranged fan Annie Wilkes.

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Bruce Willis will play lead male character Paul Sheldon in Misery

American actress Elizabeth Marvel, who has appeared in True Grit and Burn After Reading, will play the female lead. Fans will see Bruce's character Paul involved in a car accident after skidding on ice, with his latest manuscript in his briefcase.

Super fan Annie brings him back to her log cabin to recover, but when she discovers that Paul has killed off her favourite character, her obsession with the author takes a dark turn. As Paul devises an escape plan, Annie grows increasingly controlling and violent and orders him to re-write his story.

The book was previously made into a film in 1990 starring James Caan and Kathy Bates. The 66-year-old actress won an Oscar for her portrayal in the thriller. Directed by Will Frears, the new stage production of Misery will be written by William Goldman.

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Bruce Willis and his wife Emma have two children together

At the start of his acting career, Bruce made his theatre debut in the Off-Broadway production of Heaven and Earth. He also played a lead role in the Off-Broadway production of writer-director Dennis Watlington's Bullpen for four years.

Bruce, however, is best known for making waves in Hollywood. The big-screen star, who is married to English model Emma Heming, has appeared in over sixty films, including Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, Sin City and The Sixth Sense.

The trend to swap the movie set for the theatre stage is becoming more popular with celebrities. Bradley Cooper will be coming to London to star in The Elephant Man in the West End, following its successful run on Broadway.

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