The full cast set to join Orlando Bloom in Killer Joe in London this summer has been announced. Tracy Letts’ debut play is set at a trailer park in Texas where the Smith family have hired a hitman to murder the matriarch and stake a claim to the insurance money. The man they hire is Joe Cooper, played by Bloom, who is a detective turned killer but when the family can’t afford to pay him up front, he calls for a more sinister means of pay. Joining Bloom in Simon Evans’ production will be Sophie Cookson, Adam Gillen, Neve McIntosh and Steffan Rhodri.
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Tracy Letts’ black comedy Killer Joe follows The Smith family who plot to murder a wealthy matriarch and claim her insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper, a detective who doubles up as a part-time hitman, to go through with the job, but the plan takes a turn when Killer Joe meets the family’s innocent daughter.
Orlando Bloom stars as Joe. Orlando Bloom’s previous theatre credits include a Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet in 2013, and In Celebration at the Duke of York’s in 2007. He is best-known for his film work, primarily his roles in The Hobbit trilogy as Legolas, Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean and Paris in Troy.
The thriller was last seen in the West End in 1995, when it ran at the Vaudeville Theatre directed by Wilson Milam. The production hailed the unpredictability of the text, and gave Letts a reputation as one to watch. Other plays written by Letts include Bug, Man from Nebraska and Superior Donuts and he later adapted his play for cinema in 2012, directed by William Friedkin and starring Matthew McConaughey as Joe.
Set in a Texas trailer park, Killer Joe is about a woman’s ex-husband and son who hatch a plan to kill her for the insurance pay-out. They call on Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time hitman, to get the job done. But when the family can’t afford to pay upfront, Cooper suggests more sinister ways in which he could be paid.
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Orlando Bloom will star in a revival of Tracy Letts’ debut play Killer Joe, which will run at Trafalgar Studios this summer. Set at a trailer park in Dallas, Texas, it tells the story of the Smith family who hire a hitman to murder the matriarch to stake a claim to the insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper (Bloom), part-time private detective, part-time hitman, but when the family can’t produce his cash up front, he relies on other means of pay.