Andrew Garfield will play a gay man
diagnosed with AIDS in the upcoming London production of Tony
Kushner's award-winning play Angels in America.
According to Vulture,
a New York Magazine blog that covers entertainment, Garfield,
who is best known for playing Spider-Man / Peter Parker in the 2012
reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise, will play Prior
Walter in the new production, which is set to premiere in May 2017.
The National Theater's production of
Angels in America will be directed by Marianne Elliott.
Kushner's two-part, seven-hour play
debuted in Los Angeles in 1992. Set in New York City in 1985, it
looks at AIDS and gay rights in America. The play opens as Walter
learns that he has AIDS. After his lover leaves him, Walter is
visited by an angel who proclaims him to be a prophet.
Stephen Spinella played Walter in the
play's LA debut and its later Broadway staging.