Miller’s satire, which marks Altman’s London theatrical debut, previews at the Old Vic Feb. 14 and officially opens March 2. In the production Matthew Modine will play Skip, a New York executive. Modine appeared in the 2004 world premiere of Miller’s Finishing the Picture at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. His film credits include “Married to the Mob,” “Full Metal Jacket” and Altman’s “Short Cuts.”
Academy Award winner Maximilian Schell is set to portray General Felix Barriaux. Schell won his Best Actor Oscar in 1962 for “Judgment at Nuremberg,” a stage revival of which saw the performer’s most recent appearance on Broadway in 2001.
The cast will also feature Neve Campbell as Jeanine. Campbell came to prominence in the film “Scream” and also worked with Altman on his 2003 film “The Company.”
British actor John Wood (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties, Tartuffe, Amadeus) will be Jeanine’s father, Shultz.
Jane Adams (An Inspector Calls, The Crucible and Enchanted April) will play film director Emily, and Peter McDonald (The Lieutenant of Inishmore, A Lie of the Mind, The Wexford Trilogy) will take on the role of Stanley.
Set design is by Robin Wagner (The Producers), with costume design provided by Jenny Beavan.
Resurrection Blues is set in a South American dictatorship where a messianic rebel leader is condemned to be crucified. A New York production company is dispatched to televise the execution.
The play received its world premiere in 2002 at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, though Miller was still working on the black comedy in the months leading up to his death in February 2005.
Nominated five-times for a Best Director Oscar, Altman’s movies include “M*A*S*H,” “Nashville,” “Short Cuts,” “The Player” and “Gosford Park”.