Brian d'Arcy James to reprise Hamilton role as King George III
It looks like Brian D’Arcy James is the one who’ll come back.
The actor, who originated the role of King George III when Hamilton debuted Off-Broadway, will play the cranky British monarch on Broadway next month. James confirmed the news, first reported earlier this week, via Twitter.
Hamilton creator and former star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, called James the “once and future king” in response to the actor’s tweet.
Speaking to Vulture last year, James explained what he loved about playing King George III. “It’s a great character that’s magnanimous yet controlling,” he said. “He’s greedy and malicious — all through a smile. Every sentence is filled with complete contradictions and really ripe subtexts. That’s Lin’s writing — not to mention the historical facts — but Lin is able to capture, in a very catchy way, the many, many contradictions of this very powerful person.”
Jonathon Groff replaced James in the Hamilton cast when the show transitioned to Broadway. He was followed by Andrew Rannells (who stepped in for Groff in a temporary fashion), Rory O’Malley, and Taran Killam, who currently plays the role now.