Olivia Wilde will make her Broadway debut in the new stage play “1984,” based on George Orwell’s landmark novel about an authoritarian society overseen by “Big Brother.”
Producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Rudin announced Monday that former “House” and “Vinyl” star Wilde, 33, will play the female lead, Julia, alongside 2013 Tony Award-nominee Tom Sturridge (“Orphans”), 31, as protagonist Winston Smith and 2016 Tony-winner Reed Birney (“The Humans”), 62, as Inner Party apparatchik O’Brien.
The drama, jointly written and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan for the British stage, begins previews at Broadway’s new Hudson Theatre on May 18. It opens June 22 for a limited run, though no end date was announced.
“Deeply honored, and beyond excited to help tell this terrifyingly relevant story on Broadway this summer. Come check it out!” Wilde tweeted on Monday.
The daughter of lauded journalists and authors Leslie and Andrew Cockburn and the fiancée of actor-comedian Jason Sudeikis, Wilde recently wrapped production on two films. She stars opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar Isaac, Antonio Banderas and Olivia Cooke in “Life Itself,” a multigenerational relationship drama from “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman, and plays the lead in “A Vigilante,” about an unnamed character called The Woman who wreaks vengeance on domestic abusers.
In addition to her work as an actress, Wilde directed the five-minute “Dark Necessities” music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and has served as executive producer on several documentaries, including 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Short-winner “Body Team 12.”
Also starring in “1984” are Wayne Duvall, Carl Hendrick Louis, Nick Mills, Michael Potts and Cara Seymour. Originally produced at the U.K.’s Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013 by the theater company Headlong, the play progressed through a number of theaters before reaching the Almeida in London’s West End the following year. From June to October 2016, it played the West End’s Playhouse Theatre to strong reviews.