Haute 100 NYC: Daniel Craig Has a New Role


Haute 100 lister and star of the forthcoming James Bond movie, Spectre, Daniel Craig is taking his star power and incredible acting skills to off-Broadway. Along side David Oyelowo, who played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the critically acclaimed movie Selma, Craig will star in the Shakespeare reboot of “Othello” at the New York Theatre Workshop.

The production will be directed by Tony-wining director Sam Gold and will feature Oyelowo as Othello and Craig as the nefarious Iago. “Othello” will debut sometime in 2016, with exact dates still to be determined.

Craig, whose wife is also a film and theatre actress, is excited to take on a new role. The last time the actor, who trained at the National Youth Theatre and then graduated from the Guildhall School of Music, was last on stage in 2013 for the Broadway rebirth of “Betrayal.” Both Craig and his wife, Rachel Weisz, starred in the production, which received great reviews. A critic for Variety writes, “The construction of the play is brilliant, but in a perverse way, because every scene seems to contradict what we’ve learned in the preceding scene, raising questions about who is betraying whom in these sexual power games.  And in the end, it does what every Pinter play does — make us rethink the characters and question every single thing they’ve said.”

This isn’t the New York Theatre Workshop’s first time tapping high-profile actors for productions. Later this season the New York Theatre Workshop will debut the world premiere of “Lazarus,” the new David Bowie-Enda Walsh musical that stars Michael C. Hall and Cristin Milioti.

As for the highly anticipated James Bond movie, Spectre is slated to hit theatres on Nov. 6th. In Spectre, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.

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