Now that "24" has ended its run on Fox, Kiefer Sutherland has been at work on new projects, some of which are well off the beaten Hollywood track. For one, there's his role in Danish film director Lars Von Trier's new science-fiction film, "Melancholia." And now comes word that the actor will make his Broadway debut next year in a revival of the play "That Championship Season."
[Updated 11:32 a.m.] Sutherland's publicist in Los Angeles confirmed Tuesday that the actor will star in the Broadway production.
An official announcement released Tuesday said the production, directed by Gregory Mosher, will open in March and will co-star Chris Noth, Brian Cox, Jason Patric and Jim Gaffigan. Patric is the son of the play's author, Jason Miller.
On Tuesday, Deadline Hollywood said the play would open in February and co-star Liev Schreiber. But the official announcement contradicted Deadline's report about the casting of Schreiber and the opening.
Earlier this year, New York Post gossip columnist Michael Riedel reported that Schreiber and Cox were being pursued to star in the revival production directed by Mosher.
The drama follows a group of high school basketball champions who come together at a reunion to dissect their troubled lives. The play opened on Broadway in 1972 and starred Paul Sorvino and Charles Durning.
Miller won the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for the play in 1973. He would go on to even greater fame for playing Father Damien Karras in "The Exorcist." In 1982, Miller turned the play into a movie, starring Sorvino, Bruce Dern, Robert Mitchum, Martin Sheen and Stacy Keach.
-- David Ng
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