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Leighton Meester films the Like Sunday, Like Rain in New York on Sept. 17, 2013. / James Franco attends the 2013 LACMA Art And Film Gala on Nov. 2, 2013. / Chris ODowd attends the 2013 International Emmy Awards in New York on Nov. 25, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Ken Katz / Lionel Hahn / AbacaUSA / Kristina Bumphrey / Startraksphoto.com

Leighton Meester to make Broadway debut in 'Of Mice and Men'

12/09/2013 by Corinne Heller

Leighton Meester, who famously played New York socialite Blair Waldorf on the CW show "Gossip Girl," will make her Broadway debut in a 2014 revival of the play "Of Mice and Men," joining James Franco and Chris O'Dowd.

The story is based on John Steinbeck's 1937 novel, which focuses on migrant ranch workers George and Lennie. The two travel west across the United States in search of jobs during the Great Depression. Franco will play George, while O'Dowd will take on the role of Lennie. Meester, 27, is set to play the beauty-obsessed wife of their boss' son, Curley, who gets cozy with Lennie.

Her casting was confirmed via a message posted on the official Twitter and Facebook pages of the play on Monday, Dec. 9. This also marks the Broadway debut for Franco, 35, and O'Dowd, 34. Their participation in the play was confirmed weeks ago. The production will take place at the Longacre Theatre.

Previews of the revival of "Of Mice and Men" will begin on March 19, while the official opening night for the play is on April 16. Tickets go on sale on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. ET.

The play "Of Mice and Men" first opened on Broadway in 1937 and starred Claire Luce, Wallace Ford and Broderick Crawford. This marks its second revival. Its first was produced between 1974 and 1975 and starred Pamela Blair, Kevin Conway and James Earl Jones.

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