Oklahoma native and former “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) comedian will star in the forthcoming world premiere of the Classic Stage Company production of “Dead Poets Society.”
Sudeikis will play the role of John Keating, an eccentric literature teacher who inspires his students at, and who was famously depicted by the late Robin Williams in the 1989 film. The play is about a straight-laced, traditional boys’ prep school whose harmony is disturbed when Keating arrives to teach literature.
The script is written by Tom Schulman, and based on his experiences at the Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn. The original 1989 film received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture. Robin William is notoriously known for his stand-up and his laugh out loud cinematic roles, but it was his role as John Keating that earned him the second Academy Award nomination of his career.
From 2005 to 2013, Sudeikis was a cast member at “SNL“, where he contributed impressive impersonations of Vice President Joe Biden and Mitt Romney. He’s also starred in hit comedy films such as Horrible Bosses and We’re the Millers, and will provide the voice for the main character for the upcoming Fox series “Son of Zorn.” Earlier this year, Sudeikis appeared in the film “Race,” a biographical film about Jesse Owens, played by actor Stephan James.
“I’m thrilled that Jason Sudeikis is taking on this iconic role,” said John Doyle, director of Dead Poets Society. “I felt it important that we find an actor like Jason who brings a fresh perspective, and all at CSC are delighted that he will be joining us for this unique venture.”
Performances are slated to begin Oct. 27, with the official opening Nov. 17.
Upcoming roles for Sudeikis include the sci-fi thriller Colossal, along with Anna Hathaway and Dan Stevens; and the all-star comedy Masterminds with Owen Wilson and the lovely Leslie Jones.