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Orlando Bloom to return to West End in Killer Joe at Trafalgar Studios

Orlando Bloom, star of Pirates of the Carribean and Lord of the Rings is set to star in Tracy LettsKiller Joe, which opens at Trafalgar Studios in May from 18 May to 18 August.

Bloom will lead as Joe Cooper, a policeman who doubles up as a killer-for-hire, in this dark comedy.

On his return to the West End, Bloom said: "I'm always looking for an opportunity to get back on stage, especially in London, the heart of my home.

"Tracy Lett's Killer Joe is an incredible, adrenaline-fueled piece of writing, with a dark and gritty character to play. It's an interesting comment on a disenfranchised view of the American dream... It's very different from many of the film roles I'm most recognized for.

"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."

Killer Joe will be directed by Simon Evans who's previous work includes The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Donmar Warehouse, and The Best Man currently playing at the Playhouse Theatre.

In 2011 the play was adapted into a film starring Matthew McConaughey in the title role.

Further casting for this production is to be announced.

Letts' other work includes Bug (which Evans directed at Found111 in 2016), Superior Donuts, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County.

Killer Joe runs at Trafalgar Studios from 18 May to 18 August.

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