Is Broadway big enough for another Spider-Man? Andrew Garfield, the title star of the upcoming big-budget movie The Amazing Spider-Man, is joining previously announced stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Linda Emond in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, according to Deadline.com. The website reports that the Mike Nichols-directed revival will play Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre in March with Garfield taking on the role of Biff.
Though Garfield is known for such films as The Social Network (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Never Let Me Go and Boy A (for which he won a BAFTA for Best Actor), Garfield has numerous stage credits. He won an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Performer for his work in Burn/Chatroom/Citizenship, Beautiful Thing and The Overwhelming. His other stage credits include Romeo and Juliet and The Laramie Project.
Death of a Salesman, Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, concerns Willy Loman (Hoffman) an aging traveling salesman coming to terms with the emptiness of his life. Willy had great dreams for his oldest son, Biff (Garfield), a former high school football star who has not lived up to his father’s expectations.
The play was most recently produced on Broadway in 1999 in a production that won Tony Awards for Best Revival, Best Actor (Brian Dennehy as Willy), Best Featured Actress (Elizabeth Franz as Linda) and Best Director (Robert Falls).
No theater or dates have been officially announced for the new production.