The Hollywood actor will star in the production directed by Simon Evans at the Trafalgar Studios from the 18th May. 

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It has been announced today that the Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings actor will play a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in multi award-winning Tracy Letts’ blackly comic thriller, Killer Joe.

The Smith family hatch a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money. They hire Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. But once he enters their trailer home and comes face to face with their innocent daughter, the plan spirals out of control…

Talking about the news Orlando Bloom said: “I’m always looking for an opportunity to get back on stage, especially in London, the heart of my home. Tracy Lett’s Killer Joe is an incredible, adrenaline-fueled piece of writing, with a dark and gritty character to play. It’s an interesting comment on a disenfranchised view of the American dream. Whilst Joe may appear to be simply a killer, I believe Lett’s intentions for Joe are far more layered.”

The production will be directed by Simon Evans, whose previous credits include The Dazzle and Bug at Found111 and The Best Man at The Playhouse.

Killer Joe is written by Tracy Letts whose previous credits include The Minutes, Linda Vista, Mary Page Marlowe, Superior Donuts, August: Osage County (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award), Man From Nebraska (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Time Magazine’s Top 10 Plays of 2003) and Bug.

Killer Joe will play at the Trafalgar Studios from the 18th May until the 18th August. To book tickets click here or visit: ATG Tickets , Encore Tickets, See Tickets, Love, From the Box Office.