Anthony McCarten’s thrilling new drama, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah at the Young Vic, features Hollywood movie star Paul Bettany (The Avengers, Wandavision) as Andy Warhol, and Jeremy Pope (Hollywood, Choir Boy) as Basquiat.
McCarten told the Daily Mail this week that the play would get a New York transfer later in 2022, starring Bettany and Pope, although there are no firm dates or venue information at time of press.
Also, the play is set for the big screen, with McCarten tearing up the original play and re-writing the screenplay for a New York shoot, also later in the year.
Anthony McCarten has great screenplay form, having written the hugely successful movies The Theory Of Everything, Darkest Hour, The Two Popes and Bohemian Rhapsody. Paul and Jeremy will star in the film.
Set in New York in 1984, The Collaboration is about 56 year old Andy Warhol’s star is falling, and Jean-Michel Basquiat is the new wonder-kid taking the art world by storm. When Basquiat agrees to collaborate with Warhol on a new exhibition, it soon becomes the talk of the city. As everyone awaits the ‘greatest exhibition in the history of modern art’, the two artists embark on a shared journey, both artistic and deeply personal, that re-draws both their worlds.
The play runs at the Young Vic theatre until 2 April 2022.
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