British film star Orlando Bloom may be on track for his Broadway debut in a new revival of ROMEO AND JULIET, according to a report.
A source told The Sun that Bloom, who's best known for his roles in blockbuster film series The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean, has landed the lead role of Romeo and will be in New York for "at least 12 months."
A July 2012 Equity notice hinted at a Broadway return for ROMEO AND JULIET in 2013, with auditions scheduled for August 1 and 2. No official timeline for the production has yet been announced; the role would be Bloom's first on Broadway, though he made his West End debut in 2007's IN CELEBRATION.
ROMEO AND JULIET is a tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays.
The most recent Broadway production took place at the Circle in the Square Theatre in 1977, and starred Pamela Payton-Wright and Paul Rudd. A film version of the play, starring Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth, is currently in post-preduction.