UPDATED with more information throughout: Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures confirmed this afternoon that Bruce Willis will co-star with New York stage veteran Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities, House Of Cards) in Misery as the successful romance-novel author rescued and held captive by his “Number One Fan.” William Goldman’s play is an adaptation of the Stephen King novel and the 1990 film that the Princess Bride screenwriter co-wrote with King, starring James Caan and Oscar winner Kathy Bates and directed by Rob Reiner.
Will Frears (Omnium Gatherum) will direct the play, which was tried out in the fall of 2012 at the Bucks County Playhouse. Dates are not set and no theater has been booked for the “strictly limited engagement,” which is being co-produced by the Warner Bros. arm with Castle Rock Entertainment and Raymond Wu.
The show will have a set by the ingenious David Korins (Hamilton, Annie, Passing Strange), lighting by David Weiner and sound by Darron West.
The casting of Willis is certain to add excitement to the Broadway fall season — as well as certify the trend of star-driven shows with brief, ultra-high-priced runs.