Huge if it happens........this is a Triple Crown possibility for the once great star - who is just missing a Tony (7 Oscar nods, 2 wins, an Emmy win on 1 nod, and a Tony nod). Scott Rudin is a Broadway monopolizing asshat but he delivers the good usually and the Tony nods......
Hoffman is dissed on this board all the time but I still maybe rank him ahead of Hackman, Lemmon, and Newman in my top 10 for American film actors (fight me!) - those guys are all close to me and Hoffman's peak was unfnckwithable though his decline was also steeper. This role got Paul Newman his only Tony nod - late in his life - and isn't showy but it's safe and for an 80+ actor and Broadway veteran .......may be a perfect fit. Hoffman will play the role of the Stage Manager in the classic Thornton Wilder play, sources close to the production say.
Lot of controversy with this already but we'll see if it dies down and of course this isn't finalized.....we'll see how things play out.......with Broadway shut down this talk has a lot of time simmer.
Making Hoffman, a white man, the play’s central figure, fails the moment. Casting him in spite of these allegations fails an earlier #MeToo moment. (And the two moments overlap in large, intersectional ways, as so many victims of sexual assault are people of color.)