Brokeback Mountain Gets a Theatrical Adaptation
An upcoming West End play will feature a stage adaptation of Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain.” Brokeback Mountain is a story that has captivated audiences since it was first published in 1997.
The short story tells the tale of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, two young men who fall in love while working as sheepherders in Wyoming in the 1960s.
Their love affair is doomed from the start. Societal norms and internal struggles prevent them from fully expressing their feelings for each other.
The romantic tale that the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal portrayed, respectively, is being adapted with new lead actors for a limited run at London’s @sohoplace theater in May.
“Brokeback Mountain” is set for a stage adaptation on London’s West End, starring Mike Faist and Lucas Hedges. https://t.co/rcUk0h2ghb
— Variety (@Variety) March 20, 2023
What We Know about the Upcoming Stage Adaptation
The upcoming production of Brokeback Mountain will feature West Side Story actor Mike Faist and Boy Erased’s Lucas Hedges in the starring roles.
Jonathan Butterell will direct the play. Playwright Annie Proulx, who wrote the original short story, is also part of the production, serving as a creative consultant.
One of the challenges in bringing Brokeback Mountain to the stage is capturing the vast and sweeping landscapes of Wyoming that are so integral to the story.
However, Fourth Wall is up to the challenge, promising to create a “stunning visual backdrop” that will transport audiences to the rugged beauty of the American West.
Another challenge is bringing Ennis and Jack’s intimate and nuanced relationship to life on stage. According to Fourth Wall’s artistic director, the play will be “an exploration of intimacy and what it means to connect with another person.”
Mike Faist will star as Jack and Lucas Hedges will star as Ennis in the upcoming West End stage adaptation of ‘BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.’ pic.twitter.com/ONs95zDVkE
— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) March 20, 2023
The production will also delve deeper into the character’s inner struggles. It will also examine how societal expectations can cause people to suppress their true selves.
There wasn’t any announcement of the cast for the theatrical adaptation. But there is already a buzz around who will take on the iconic roles of Ennis and Jack.
It’s a challenging task. Many consider Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal’s performances in the film to be some of their best work.
Faist, known for his role as Riff, the leader of the Jets in Steven Spielberg’s musical, will take on the part of Jack, whereas Hedges will play Ennis, a reserved and emotionally guarded character.
Brokeback Mountain’s Plot
The film Brokeback Mountain, based on a short story by Annie Proulx, begins in 1963 in Wyoming, where Jack and Ennis are employed to shepherd sheep during the summer.
Over time, they develop a complex emotional and physical connection. Jack is eager to pursue a relationship, while Ennis struggles with his internalized homophobia.
Lee’s film debuted in 2005 at the Venice International Film Festival. Also, later that year, it proved to be a commercial success during its theatrical run.
The movie was praised and awarded numerous accolades, including three Academy Awards. Lee won Best Director, Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana won Best Adapted Screenplay, and Gustavo Santaolalla won Best Original Score.
Gyllenhaal and Ledger achieved nominations for their acting performances. Michelle Williams received a nomination for her portrayal of Ennis’s wife, Alma Beers del Mar.
The cast includes Anne Hathaway, who plays Lureen Newsome Twist, Jack’s wife and a rodeo rider. Additionally, Linda Cardellini from Dead To Me, Anna Faris from Friends, Kate Mara from Pose, and David Harbour from Stranger Things appear in supporting roles.
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