03:48 PM EDT 12/10/2013
Originally posted 12/09/2013 10:45AM
From gossip to literature.
Former Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester will make her Broadway debut next year as a beautiful temptress in the revival of Of Mice and Men.
Producers said Monday that Meester will join James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in the story about an unlikely friendship between two migrant field workers in California during the Great Depression.
The story by John Steinbeck centers on big-dreaming George and the mentally challenged Lennie. Meester, who starred in the film Country Strong, will play the wife of a ranch boss who fascinates Lennie – "she's purty," he tells his friend – and endangers their fates.
Originally posted 10/18/2013 11:15AM
Broadway could be getting a high-wattage dose of brotherly love next spring, as James Franco and Chris O'Dowd are likely to star together in Of Mice and Men.
It would mark the Broadway debut both for Franco, 35, and O'Dowd, 34, the Irish actor who shot to fame as Kristen Wiig's policeman love interest in Bridesmaids and as Thomas John on Girls.
Franco, an Oscar nominee for 127 Hours, has officially signed on to play George, while O'Dowd is still in negotiations to play his mentally limited brother Lennie, reports the New York Times.
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!