NEW YORK — Real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz are to play an adulterous stage couple in a Broadway production this fall of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal,” the latest blast of high-beam celebrities to be lured to Times Square.
Weisz will make her Broadway debut in Pinter’s 1978 study in deception, which charts an extramarital affair in reverse.
Her character, Emma, is married to Craig’s Robert, but is having an affair with Jerry, played by rising star Rafe Spall.
James Bond star Craig last appeared on Broadway in 2009 in “A Steady Rain,” where he received positive notices opposite Hugh Jackman even though the play itself did not.
The married movie stars will join a long list of recent film celebrities to hit Broadway, including Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Jessica Chastain, Robin Williams, Scarlett Johansson, Katie Holmes and Samuel L. Jackson. Others celebrities soon to make their debuts include Zooey Deschanel and Amber Tamblyn.
Casting movie stars hasn’t always turned into box office gold. Hoffman’s revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of Salesman,” Jackson’s turn as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on “The Mountaintop” and the Pacino-led “Glengarry Glen Ross” revival all recouped their investments. But Chastain’s revival of “The Heiress,” Holmes’ “Dead Accounts” and Johansson’s version of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” did not.
Craig has reportedly signed on for at least two more Bond films following “Skyfall,” which was the first Bond film to rake in more than $1 billion in revenue. It also won two Oscars including one for Adele’s theme song.
Broadway veteran Mike Nichols will direct “Betrayal,” which previews from Oct. 1 and opens Nov. 3 at New York’s Barrymore Theatre. The announcement was made Friday.
Craig and Weisz, who is currently starring on screen in “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” worked together before in the horror film “Dream House,” which came out in 2011.
Couples have been sharing Broadway stages recently, including Michael Shannon and Kate Arrington, who starred in “Grace,” and Boyd Gaines and Kathleen McNenny, who starred in “An Enemy of the People.”
3 ‘Real Housewives of NJ’ castmates to be charged
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Three cast members of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality show will face charges following an altercation at a clothing boutique.
A Paramus man claims Jacqueline and Christopher Laurita and Giuseppe “Joe” Gorga attacked him as cameras rolled in Ridgewood on Saturday.
A judge on Thursday determined there was sufficient probable cause to charge them with assault and making terroristic threats.
John Karagiorgis filed the complaint and the reality stars responded with their own, which will be heard next week.
Karagiorgis tells The Record newspaper he still has a mark on his forehead from a stiletto heel.
The case will be forwarded to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
South Africa: Mandela discharged from the hospital
JOHANNESBURG — The South African presidency says former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from a hospital after an improvement in his condition.
A statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma says 94-year-old Mandela was discharged on Saturday and will now receive care at his home. Officials say he was treated for pneumonia.
Mandela was admitted to a hospital in the South African capital of Pretoria on the night of March 27.
It was his third trip to a hospital since December. In the statement, Zuma thanked the medical team and hospital staff that looked after Mandela.