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Laurie MetCalf Joins Bruce Willis in Stephen King's "Misery"

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    Laurie Metcalf will replace Elizabeth Marvel in "Misery."

    Three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf (TV’s “Roseanne,” "Getting On") will star alongside two-time Emmy winner Bruce Willis in the stage adaptation of Stephen King’s 1987 thriller “Misery.”

    Metcalf will star as Annie Wilkey, the superfan who rescues novelist Paul Sheldon (Willis) from a car crash and holds him captive. The role earned Kathy Bates a best actress Oscar in the 1990 film adaptation.

    Elizabeth Marvel (“Other Desert Cities”) was originally cast in the role, but had to drop out of the production due to scheduling conflicts with Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

    “Misery” will open at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre on Nov. 15 after a preview period that begins Oct. 22. The limited engagement production is set to run for only 16 weeks.

    Direction will come from Will Frears ("Omnium Gatherum"), who also directed the world premiere of "Misery" at the Bucks County Playhouse in the fall of 2012.

    Two-time Academy Award winner William Goldman ("The Princess Bride," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), who wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation, has penned the stage adaptation as well.

    Metcalf was last seen on Broadway in 2012's "The Other Place," for which she received a Tony nomination for best lead actress in a play. "Misery" will mark Willis' Broadway debut.  

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