Andrew Garfield In 'Death Of A Salesman': Spider-Man Star Cast In Broadway Play
Andrew Garfield is taking a page from Daniel Radcliffe's playbook -- star as the hero of a huge film franchise, and when said film comes out, also be in a Broadway show.
Deadline reported Thursday that the "Spider-Man" star will be making his Broadway debut in a revival of "Death of a Salesman." Philip Seymour Hoffman will play traveling salesman Willy Loman, and Garfield will play his idling son, Biff.
Garfield is no stranger to theater. The dual citizen of the U.S. and UK has taken to the stage in a number of plays in England, including the role of Romeo in the Manchester Royal Exchange's production of "Romeo and Juliet" in 2005. He was awarded the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his work on "Beautiful Thing," "Burn/Chatroom/Citizenship" and "The Overwhelming."
The project will be in good hands with Mike Nichols at the helm -- the director has, oh just a few things to his name, from the film version of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Angels in America" to "Spamalot" and "Annie."
He's also achieved what has eluded Tracy Morgan on "30 Rock" -- the coveted EGOT. In other words, a sweep of all the major entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.
"Death of a Salesman" first made its Broadway debut in 1949, starring Lee J. Cobb (of "12 Angry Men," "On the Waterfront" fame) as Willy, and was last brought to the stage 50 years after that, in a revival starring Brian Dennehy as Willy and Kevin Anderson as Biff. The New York Times gave a glowing review -- you "walk right into the mind of its decimated hero, played with majestic, unnerving transparency by Brian Dennehy" and Anderson gives a "deeply affecting performance."
"Death of a Salesman" will open next March, and likely run through the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man," which premieres July 3.