Orlando Bloom is returning to the stage

Orlando Bloom is returning to the stage – to play a hitman

Orlando Bloom, one of Canterbury’s most famous sons, is to return to the West End stage next month.

He will play Joe Cooper in the 1993 Tracy Letts play Killer Joe over the summer.

The 41-year-old Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean star admits he is excited about returning to the theatre.

“I’m always looking for an opportunity to get back on stage, especially in London,” he said.

“Killer Joe is an incredible, adrenaline-fuelled piece of writing, with a dark and gritty character to play.

Orlando grew up in Canterbury

“It’s an interesting comment on a disenfranchised view of the American dream.

“It’s very different from many of the film roles I’m most recognised for.

“After talking it through with director Simon Evans, I know we will create a production that is polarising, entertaining, dark and funny.”

In Killer Joe, Bloom plays a hitman hired by a family to murder their estranged matriarch for the insurance money.

But the plans goes awry and he instead comes face to face with an innocent girl.

Orlando added: “The play may be 25 years old this year, but the relationships it portrays, especially between Joe and the innocent girl Dottie, speak so brilliantly to the empowerment we’re seeing around the world in 2018.”

Born in Canterbury in 1977, Orlando went first to St Peter’s Methodist School and then to the King’s School and St Edmund’s before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London to study acting.

He played a rent boy in the 1997 film Wilde starring Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde before shooting to stardom as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Killer Joe will play at Trafalgar Studios from May 18 to August 18.

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