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Jason Sudeikis will lead stage play of ‘Dead Poets Society’

August 16, 2016
FILE - In this April 14, 2016 file photo, actor Jason Sudeikis attends the world premiere screening of "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Sudeikis will lead the cast of the world premiere stage adaptation of "Dead Poets Society." Performances begin in October. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this April 14, 2016 file photo, actor Jason Sudeikis attends the world premiere screening of "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Sudeikis will lead the cast of the world premiere stage adaptation of "Dead Poets Society." Performances begin in October. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Saturday Night Live” star Jason Sudeikis will lead the cast of the world premiere stage adaptation of “Dead Poets Society.”

Classic Stage Company said Tuesday that the “Horrible Bosses” and “The Last Man on Earth” actor will play the same inspirational teacher John Keating that Robin Williams played in the hit film.

The story is about a straight-laced, conformist boys’ prep school whose harmony is disturbed when Keating arrives to teach English. Performances begin in October. More cast members will be announced later.

Academy Award winner Tom Schulman is adapting his screenplay “Dead Poets Society” for the stage and Classic Stage Company incoming artistic director John Doyle will direct.

Sudeikis became a regular cast member of “SNL” in 2005 and was known for mimicking Joe Biden and Mitt Romney.

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