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Denzel Washington, Jake Gyllenhaal returning to Broadway for ‘Othello’



Two Hollywood heavyweights are teaming up to bring a beloved work from The Bard back to Broadway next spring.

Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal will star in a 2025 revival of William Shakespeare’s “Othello.”

Producer Brian Anthony Moreland, whose credits include “The Wiz” and “The Piano Lesson,” announced that the forthcoming production will be directed by Kenny Leon, the winner of 2014’s Tony Award for Best Direction.

Two-time Oscar winner Washington will portray the title character of the Moor of Venice, while Gyllenhaal will take on the role of Iago, the antagonist who tries to convince Othello that his wife, Desdemona, has been unfaithful. The role of Othello’s spouse has yet to be cast.

The production will be Washington’s first time back on Broadway since starring in a 2018 revival of “The Iceman Cometh.”

The “Training Day” star previously worked with Leon on his Tony-winning turn in “Fences” and in the 2014 revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Gyllenhaal made his Broadway debut in 2015’s “Constellations” and later starred in an acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park With George.” In 2019, he earned a Tony Award nomination for his leading role in “Sea Wall/A Life.”

“Othello” was last produced on Broadway in 1982, starring James Earl Jones as Othello, Christopher Plummer as Iago and Dianne Wiest as Desdemona.

In 1995, British filmmaker Oliver Parker adapted the Shakespearean tragedy into a film led by Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh and Irène Jacob.

After the continuous casting of white actors as Othello, stage and screen trailblazer Paul Robeson in 1942 became the first African American to play Othello in a major U.S. production.

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