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Crudup plans return to Broadway next year

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Billy Crudup, the stage-trained actor who made his name on screen in Jesus' Son and Almost Famous, plans to return to Broadway early next year in a revival of The Elephant Man.

Crudup's publicist, Simon Halls, confirmed the 33-year-old actor's commitment to a new Broadway production of Bernard Pomerance's play. Halls was in London recently, where Crudup was promoting the upcoming movie Charlotte Gray.

Halls added that Crudup has turned down some high-profile film work to do the play. Its director will be Sean Mathias, whose revival of August Strindberg's Dance of Death, with Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren, is running in New York.

Crudup will play the part of the grossly deformed John Merrick originated on Broadway by Philip Anglim; John Hurt took the role in a subsequent film version.

No other casting has been announced.

Crudup most recently appeared on the New York stage this summer in a production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure in Central Park.