EW exclusive! First look at Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman in the Broadway play 'A Steady Rain'

steady-rain-craig-jackman_lWolverine and James Bond will soon be squaring off eight times a week. And here’s the first publicity photo of Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig in the Broadway play A Steady Rain, in which they play Chicago cops with enough troubles to fill Soldier Field. Jackman, who won a Tony in 2004 for hoofing it as 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, plays Denny, a patrolman with a racist streak and violent temper. And Craig, a London stage veteran making his Broadway debut, plays Joey, a recovering alcoholic and gentler soul who may not be as docile as he first seems. In A Steady Rain, which just began rehearsals, the two buddies in blue recount a few harrowing days on the job and their very different accounts of a police call that quickly went south.

Performances of American playwright Keith Huff’s two-man play begin Sept. 10 with an official opening set for Sept. 29. The show, directed by Tony nominee John Crowley (The Pillowman), is scheduled to run through Dec. 6. And while I have my reservations about Craig’s porn-stache — a look that 007 could never get away with, thank heavens — I have to say that both stars look rugged, handsome, and intense. They can walk my beat any day.

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  • caitisully

    Daniel Craig can go do whatever it is Daniel Craig does. I’ll take Hugh Jackman any day….and every day.

    • Adam

      What Daniel Craig “does,” miss, is to provide this millennium with one of its indisputable best action stars, kick ass all over so many other, lesser Bonds, and show Hugh Jackman how a real testosterone-fueled movie star does it.

  • Guinness

    Finally!Some news on the dynamic incognito duo! My first thought “wow, this (performance) is gonna be good”… then, “Is Hugh trying to hard with those brows?” Greg is better than this!!what the BleeP. BUT, Can’t wait. Can’t wait, can’t wait….thank you guys!! You will be great.

  • claudenorth

    Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman as cops…too, too hot!

  • Terry

    Damn! I thought it was a love story between two men [grin].

    • Kelly

      that would have been too perfect :D

  • Jen

    An Ozzie and a Brit playing 2 Chicago cops. Um, Ok.

    • Nic.

      My thought exactly!! Although I love both actors, I really hope Daniel Craig can pull off the accent, I’m fairly sure Hugh Jackman will work it out….

    • Bev

      It’s called acting …………..

    • Nancy

      Sure, it’s acting, and I LOVE Hugh Jackman, but doesn’t it seem kind of sad that the producers couldn’t find two AMERICAN actors to play Americans, especially in a show about and named for a quintessentially American city??

      • Joe B

        It’s called “selling tix” too. Nothing wrong with fine British actors — who also happen to be audience-drawing stars– playing Americans. Should only Danish actors play Hamlet??

  • Yo Yo

    Nice porn-stache there DC

  • Snarf

    That pornstache has got to go.

    • orville

      Word. Either go for the full beard or get rid of the ‘stache entirely.

  • Natalie

    Love Craig’s intense eyes. Hugh Jackman…hmmm. Double yum.

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  • Sonny

    Thom – They “can walk your beat anyday”?…OMG! How weird! You could have kept that to yourself.

  • LoveMeSomeHugh

    Oh to be rich enough to buy tix and see this in person. I find D. Craig disarmingly sexy and I love love love Hugh Jackman. I think Hugh always commits and I admire his moxie! Among other strengths..

  • chichi

    Place me in the middle of that pic, lay it sideways, give it a shake and let the good times begin!

  • Roshie

    Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman? Yes please!

  • Konfide-N-Me

    I am MOIST over that picture!

    • Patricia in TX

      ha! me too!

  • Anjami

    This will be awsome – love DC´s look, because he is not playing pretty but rather a character. Hugh – well Hugh is and looks like Hugh.

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