Well, it looks as if Katie Holmes has made the first big decision of her post-Tom Cruise career; and it’s an interesting one! According to ArtsBeat, the actress — who received mixed reviews for her role in the 2008 revival of All My Sons — is headed back to Broadway this fall to star in Dead Accounts, the newest work by Seminar playwright (and critical darling) Theresa Rebeck. The production will be directed by Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray). Sounds like a solid choice right?
But here’s where it gets a little strange. Holmes will play Lorna, “a fairly unglamorous character… who is living with her aging parents in Cincinnati while trying to pull together her own life (which includes being on a diet).” We know she’s more than Joey Potter (check out Go, Pieces of April, or even Wonderboys if you need proof), but considering that the most challenging roles that we’ve seen Holmes tackle in recent years are Jackie Kennedy in that widely-panned TV miniseries and Adam Sandler’s wife in the movie where he played twins, we think that getting her feet wet with something that was less of a stretch would have been a good idea. That said, you could argue that after playing Mrs. Tom Cruise for the past five years, this woman can handle anything.