What’s the next step for the 11th Doctor? London’s West End of course! Deadline reported today that Doctor Who’s Matt Smith has been cast as investment banker/serial killer Patrick Bateman in the upcoming musical adaptation of American Psycho. Smith will portray the role originally played by Christian Bale from December 3, 2013 to January 25, 2014.
Rupert Goold, Artistic Director of the Almeida Theater, will direct this co-production from Almeida and Headlong Theatre. American Psycho will feature a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Glee) and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening). The musical is based on the 2000 film and book by Brett Easton Ellis of the same name. According to Headlong:
“Living the high life in 1980s Manhattan, Patrick Bateman has it all – looks, money, style and status. He and his entourage buy the most expensive designer clothes, eat at the most exclusive restaurants and party at the hottest clubs. But privately, Patrick indulges in another kind of transgression. And people – including those closest to him – keep disappearing.”
Smith has been seen on the London stage before in The History Boys, Swimming With Sharks, and Fresh Kills. He was nominated for an Olivier Award along with the rest of the cast of That Face in 2008. Post-Who Smith will also appear in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut fiilm How to Catch a Monster. Making the jump from Who to the stage, Smith follows in the footsteps of Arthur Darvill, best known as companion Rory Williams, who is currently starring in the musical Once on Broadway.
For more on American Psycho, check out Almeida’s website.