Dispatches from the set of the Doctor Who Christmas Special last week reported that Matt Smith had wrapped his final scenes as the Eleventh Doctor. Dry your eyes, fangirls and boys, because the amibitious rising star isn’t taking a break. News broke this morning that Smith is trying his hand at musical theater. But Cats, this definitely is not. Matt will definitely be showing London audiences a different side of himself this winter as the lead in a new adaptation of the controversial Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho. On Monday, director Rupert Goold tweeted this photo of the actor’s first rehearsal as Wall Street psychopath Patrick Bateman.
The production at the relatively tiny Almeida Theater was already highly anticipated even before the announcement, thanks to the involvement of Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik and a Kickstarter campaign promoted by Easton Ellis himself. (Check out the video below for his endorsement). But all it took was Smith’s name to mobilize his fans into buying out the run in a matter of minutes. We hope that viewers who worship him for his sweet, childlike portayal of the 1000-year-old time traveler sufficiently prepare themselves to witness Matt doing all manner of un-Doctor-like things.