Jason Sudeikis will star in a stage version of 'Dead Poets Society'

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Jason Sudeikis is here to sound his barbaric yawp over the roofs of New York. The SNL vet has taken the role of prep-school teacher John Keating in a production of Dead Poets Society, which is being adapted into a play by original screenwriter Tom Schulman. Robin Williams earned an Oscar nomination for playing Keating in the 1989 film, so Sudeikis is clearly aiming for a low-pressure new New York stage debut. The play will wake the slumbering masses from unartistic complacency when it goes up at the Classic Stage Company this fall.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Jason Sudeikis appears to promote 'The Angry Birds' during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 07: Actor Jason Sudeikis attends the premiere of 'Angry Birds' at Regency Village Theatre on May 7, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Actor Jason Sudeikis from 'The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' poses at the Tribeca Film Festival Getty Images Studio on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Jason Sudeikis and Chris O'Donnell -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Actor Jason Sudeikis attends the 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 31: Actor Jason Sudeikis speaks onstage during the Comedy Central Live 2016 upfront at Town Hall on March 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/03/18: Actors Jason Sudeikis during the United Nations Ceremony, Presentation and Photo Call naming Red, from the Angry Birds, Honorary Ambassador for the International Day of Happiness today at the UN Headquarters in New York. (Photo by Luiz Rampelotto/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: Actor Jason Sudeikis poses backstage after getting slimed during Nickelodeon's 2016 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 12, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/KCA2016/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: Actor Jason Sudeikis attends Nickelodeon's 2016 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 12, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis arrive to the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jonah Hill' Episode 1697 -- Pictured: Jason Sudeikis as Mitt Romney during the 'CNN Election Center Cold Open' sketch on March 5, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Olivia Wilde (L) and actor Jason Sudeikis attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Actor Jason Sudeikis attends a photo call and Q&A session for a 'Sneak Beak' of Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations' ANGRY BIRDS at Sony Pictures Studios on February 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Jason Sudeikis (L) and Sarah Silverman attend a basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on February 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Stephan James and Jason Sudeikis attend 'Race' New York Screening at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema on February 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis attend 'Race' New York Screening at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema on February 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Jason Sudeikis discusses the new film 'Race' during AOL Build Speaker Series at AOL Studios In New York on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 327 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Jason Sudeikis during an interview with host Seth Meyers on February 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 13: Actress Olivia Wilde and actor Jason Sudeikis attend the 2016 NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Air Canada Centre on February 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 13: Actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis attend the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 at Air Canada Centre on February 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 12: Actor Jason Sudeikis attends the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Ricoh Coliseum on February 12, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
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