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Final casting announced for Killer Joe starring Orlando Bloom

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FULL casting has been announced for multi award-winning Tracy Letts’ blackly comic thriller Killer Joe, which runs at Trafalgar Studios for a strictly limited 13-week season – from Friday, May 18 to Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Joining Hollywood star Orlando Bloom, who stars as a cop moonlighting as a killer-for-hire, are Sophie Cookson, Adam Gillen, Neve McIntosh and Steffan Rhodri.

Sophie Cookson’s credits include playing Sidney in the Netflix series Gypsy, and secret agent Roxanne “Roxy” Morton in the films Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Adam Gillen is currently starring at the National Theatre as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the acclaimed production of Amadeus. He is, however, best known as Liam in five series of ITV’s Benidorm.

Neve McIntosh’s credits include playing Madame Vastra in Dr Who and Kay Gillies, an award-winning career-minded architect in BBC1’s thriller The Replacement.

Steffan Rhodri, who played Labour Whip Walter Harrison in James Graham’s This House at the Garrick Theatre, is best known for portraying Dave Coaches in Gavin & Stacey and as Reg Cattermole in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I.

Killer Joe finds the Smith family hatching a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. But once he enters their trailer home and comes face to face with their innocent daughter, the plan spirals out of control…

Described as a tense, gut-twisting thriller, Killer Joe asks where the moral line is drawn in the fight for survival.

The production is directed by Simon Evans (The Dazzle and Bug at Found111 and current West End hit The Best Man at the Playhouse Theatre).

Speaking about his forthcoming role, Orlando Bloom said: “I’m always looking for an opportunity to get back on stage, especially in London, the heart of my home. Tracy Lett’s Killer Joe is an incredible, adrenaline-fueled piece of writing, with a dark and gritty character to play. It’s an interesting comment on a disenfranchised view of the American dream. Whilst Joe may appear to be simply a killer, I believe Lett’s intentions for Joe are far more layered. It’s very different from many of the film roles I’m most recognized for.

“After talking it through with director Simon Evans, I know we will create a production that is polarizing, entertaining, dark and funny. The play may be 25 years old this year, but the relationships it portrays, especially between Joe and the innocent girl Dottie, speak so brilliantly to the empowerment we’re seeing around the world in 2018. It’s the perfect time to be bringing this play back to London, and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of it.”

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