"I’ve been a huge fan of Ben’s work on stage and screen and am really looking forward to working with him on American Psycho,” said director Goold in a statement. “He is an enormous talent and I think audiences will be utterly seduced by his dangerous charisma and extraordinary stage presence. He’ll make a killer Patrick Bateman.”
The stage musical adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel was previously announced to premiere Off-Broadway in early 2015 at Second Stage Theatre, but the production was scrapped after producers opted to bring the musical directly to Broadway. A developmental lab, which featured Walker, "Girls" actress Zosia Mamet, Tony nominees Jennifer Damiano and Isabel Keating and "Smash" actor Wesley Taylor among its cast, was held this past winter. Read more about the lab here.
The dark pop musical has a book by Aguirre-Sacasa ("Glee," "Looking," Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, Good Boys and True), with music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony winner Sheik. Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel was previously adapted for the screen in 2000, starring Christian Bale.
The London premiere of the musical featured BAFTA Award-nominated "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith as serial killer Patrick Bateman. Read London reviews of American Psycho here.
Here's how the musical is billed: "Living the high life in 1980s Manhattan, Patrick Bateman has it all – looks, money, style and status. He and his entourage buy the most expensive designer clothes, eat at the most exclusive restaurants and party at the hottest clubs. But privately, Patrick indulges in another kind of transgression. And people - including those closest to him - keep disappearing."
The London premiere of American Psycho was a co-production of Almeida Theatre and Headlong in association with David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Act 4 Entertainment by special arrangement with Edward R Pressman.