John Malkovich has signed on to star in Bitter Wheat, a model new play written and directed by David Mamet that is impressed by the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal.
Malkovich will portray Hollywood studio head Barney Fein, who falls from grace in the manufacturing, which might run from June 7 to Sept. 14 on the Garrick Theatre in London.
Doon Mackichan, as Fein’s assistant Sondra, and Ioanna Kimbook, making her theater debut, are moreover set to star.
Malkovich, whereas speaking with BBC Radio on Tuesday, talked about that whereas Mamet used the Weinstein scandal for inspiration, his character Fein is simply not exactly based mostly totally on Weinstein.
“It’s not particularly Harvey Weinstein. It’s a great deal about that business and a great deal about how people in that business, in positions, say, as studio heads, have behaved really for more or less than a century now,” the actor talked about.
“If the idea maybe started as a reaction to all the news that came out in particular about Harvey Weinstein, I think David took the idea from there and went with it.”
Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood manufacturing mogul, faces sexual assault prices in New York. Dozens of ladies have accused him of sexual misconduct.
Malkovich, who recently starred in Netflix’s Bird Box, will subsequent be seen in Amazon’s The ABC Murders as iconic Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot. The restricted sequence is prepared to premiere on Feb. 1.