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LONDON — Jude Law will star in “Obsession,” a new play based on the 1943 Luchino Visconti film, at the Barbican Center in London in 2017, the theater announced on Tuesday.
The director will be Ivo van Hove, whose production of “The Crucible” is now showing on Broadway. Mr. van Hove was nominated for a Tony Award for best director this year for his production of “A View From the Bridge.”
The film “Obsession” was an adaptation of the 1930s crime novel “The Postman Always Rings Twice” by James M. Cain, about a man and woman who are having an affair and plot to murder the woman’s husband.
The production will be part of a 2017 residency from Mr. van Hove’s theater company, the Toneelgroep Amsterdam, at the Barbican. Other plays in the residency include “Roman Tragedies,” a mashup of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” “Coriolanus” and “Antony and Cleopatra”; and “After the Rehearsal” and “Persona,” a double bill of plays based on Ingmar Bergman films. The director’s adaptation of Visconti’s 1969 movie “The Damned” will have its world premiere at the Festival d’Avignon in July.