The BBC News reported on Monday that "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith has been cast in a musical stage adaptation of "American Psycho."
The 30-year-old British thespian will portray Patrick Bateman, a yuppie banker who retreats into an increasingly violent secret life. Christian Bale famously played Bateman in the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's sadistic novel. "American Pyscho" has been adapted for the stage by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik. It will be Smith's first stage role in five years. He was last seen in the West End production of "That Face" and won the Evening Standard outstanding newcomer award for his performance.
The musical stage production will also star Susannah Fielding, Jonoathan Bailey, and X-Factor alum, Lucie Jones. "American Pyscho" will open at the Almeida theatre in London on December 3 and run through January 25. Following the announcement on Monday that Matt Smith had been cast, the show almost completely sold out within hours.
Smith recently finished filming his final episode as the Doctor and will hand over the Tardis reigns to Peter Capaldi in the 2013 Christmas special. It looks as if Smith will be making a smooth transition into various projects after he ends his days as the eleventh Doctor. Smith also wrapped filming on "How to Catch a Monster" earlier this year. The film is directed by Ryan Gosling and features Smith looking very un-Doctor like, wearing baggy pants and sporting a shaved head.