The production is based on the 1987 Stephen King novel of the same name. A big screen version starred James Caan and Kathy Bates, and earned Bates an Academy Award. Misery tells the story of an author who is rescued by a woman after a serious car crash. She nurses him back to health, but he soon becomes a prisoner when it’s revealed that she has a serious obsession with his work; things then naturally take a very dark turn!
William Goldman wrote this stage version which will be directed by Will Frears, and it’s set to have a limited run this Autumn. With Willis taking on the role of Paul Sheldon, he’s set to be joined by Obie winner and House of Cards star Elizabeth Marvel as Annie Wilkes. That’s certainly an impressive sounding team-up.
Misery isn’t technically Willis’ stage debut as he was actually an understudy for Ed Harris back in 1983’s off Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love. Marvel has last on Broadway in 2013 for Picnic.