Matt Smith lands role as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho musical
The Doctor Who star will play a sadistic investment banker in a new adaptation of the infamous Bret Easton Ellis novel
Doctor Who star Matt Smith is to appear in a musical adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho on the London stage.
The actor is said to have begun rehearsals for the production today, which is due to open at the Almeida Theatre in Islington in December.
Smith will play Patrick Bateman, a fictional 1980s Wall Street investment banker who engages in sadistic, misogynistic fantasies involving rape, mutilation and torture.
Christian Bale famously portrayed Bateman in the film adaptation of the book in 2000.
The show has been described as a satirical commentary on the materialism and greed that marked the eighties. If it gains critical acclaim, it will transfer to the West End, and eventually to Broadway.
American producers are already said to be involved in the musical, according to the Daily Mail.
Smith's casting has been kept secret, with cast members only finding out at rehearsals today.
He has previously appeared on stage in The History Boys, That Face and Swimming With Sharks, but has never starred in a musical before.
The 30-year-old actor has just finished filming his final scenes as the Time Lord for the Doctor Who Christmas special.
The actor stepped down as the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor in June to pursue other projects.
American Psycho will open officially from 12 December, with previews from 3 December.
Listen to his collaboration with Naughty Boymusic
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 2 Trevor Noah: Jon Stewart's replacement faces online criticism over 'anti-Semitic' tweets
- 3 Martha Stewart accuses Snoop Dogg of 'smoking for four hours' during Justin Bieber Roast
- 4 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 5 Syrian child photographed 'surrendering to camera because she thought it was a gun'
Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
Tidal: Jay Z's Spotify rival streaming service criticised for making wealthy artists even richer
Top Gear live to go ahead: Jeremy Clarkson to join Richard Hammond and James May... just don't call it Top Gear
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Menstruation-themed photo series artist 'censored by Instagram' says images are to demystify taboos around periods
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers