Lead actor found for David Bowie’s Lazarus project

Michael C Hall will star as Thomas Jerome Newton

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The lead actor has been cast in David Bowie‘s forthcoming project, Lazarus.

The off-Broadway production is co-written by Bowie and playwright Enda Walsh (Once) and based on Walter Tevis’ 1963 British sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell To Earth.

Bowie, of course, starred in Nic Roeg‘s 1976 film version.

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Click here to read the making of Nic Roeg’s film, The Man Who Fell To Earth

Billboard reports that Michael C. Hall will now play extra-terrestrial Thomas Newton in Lazarus, which is due to begin performances on November 18 at New York Theatre Workshop, with official opening night set for Dec. 7.

Hall recently finished playing the title role in serial killer drama Dexter; his other credits include Six Feet Under.

Lazarus will feature new songs by Bowie, as well as new arrangements of older songs.

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James C. Nicola, the artistic director of New York Theater Workshop, said Lazarus been in secret development for some years.

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He explained that Bowie been seeking to do a theatrical work inspired by Tevis’s novel, and brought the idea to Belgian director Ivo van Hove, who subsequently approached the New York theater.

“It’s going to be a play with characters and songs — I’m calling it music theater, but I don’t really know what it’s going to be like, I just have incredible trust in their creative vision,” Nicola said. “I’m really excited about it. These are three very different sensibilities to be colliding.”

Meanwhile, Bowie has recently announced details of Five Years 1969 – 1973, the first of three retrospective box sets. The box set goes on sale on September 25, 2015.

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