Having left Doctor Who, former Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith takes to the stage as Patrick Bateman in the musical adaption of Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 cult novel American Psycho. (see previous post)
He will play the Wall Street yuppie with a penchant for both designer clothing and brutal decapitation; whose sadistic tendencies become ever more uncontrollable as he acts out his narcissistic life in consumer-obsessed '80s New York. With a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and, music and lyrics from Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik, American Psycho will make its bloody opening at the Almeida Theatre.
The author of American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis felt that there was no need for a film adaptation back in 1999.
'American Psycho was a book I didn’t think needed to be turned into a movie,' Ellis said in 2010. 'It was conceived as a novel, as a literary work with a very unreliable narrator at the centre of it and the medium of film demands answers. I don’t think American Psycho is particularly more interesting if you knew that he did it or think that it all happens in his head. I think the answer to that question makes the book infinitely less interesting.'
However, with this new West End take on his horror satire of a capitalist world, Ellis was more than happy with the casting.