Olivia Wilde will make her Broadway debut in “1984,” starring alongside Tom Sturridge and Reed Birney in the production that opens in June.
Wilde (“Vinyl,” “House”), who recently wrapped films “A Vigilante” and “Life Itself” opposite Oscar Isaac, will play Julia, the woman with whom the dystopian tale’s protagonist, Winston Smith (Sturridge, nominated for a Tony in “Orphans“), begins an affair. Birney, who picked up a Tony Award last season for “The Humans,” will play the spy O’Brien.
The play arrives in New York after winning acclaim in four different runs in the U.K. (including one on the West End), and after the George Orwell title itself suddenly became a hot topic in the wake of the presidential election. Robert Icke (“The Red Barn“) and Duncan Macmillan co-adapt and co-direct the production, which on Broadway will also star Wayne Duvall, Carl Hendrick Louis, Nick Mills, Michael Potts, and Cara Seymour.