Orlando Bloom returns to West End stage

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Lord Of The Rings star Orlando Bloom is returning to the West End stage for the first time since his debut 11 years ago.

Bloom, 41, will play Joe Cooper, a police officer who moonlights as a contract killer in Tracy Letts’ play Killer Joe.

Cooper is hired by the Smith family to murder its estranged matriarch for the insurance money, but becomes conflicted over the task when he meets their innocent daughter and the plan falls apart.

The play was adapted for the big screen in 2011, with Matthew McConaughey playing the lead role.

Bloom said: “I’m always looking for an opportunity to get back on stage, especially in London, the heart of my home.

” Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe is an incredible, adrenaline-fueled piece of writing, with a gritty and dark character to play.

” It’s an interesting comment on a disenfranchised view of the American dream,” he added.

” Whilst Joe may appear to be simply a killer, I believe Letts’ intentions for Joe are far more layered. It’s very different from many of the film roles I’m most recognised for.”

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star says he is certain the play, which will run at Trafalgar Studios from May, will be a hit.

“After talking it through with director Simon Evans, I know we will create a production that is polarizing, entertaining, funny and dark,” he said.

“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,” he added.

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