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James McAvoy to take on Peter O'Toole's mad Earl

Scottish movie star James Mcavoy is set to play God in a revival of Peter Barnes' play The Ruling Class.

The X-Men star will take on the role of the fictional 14th Earl of Gurney, who thinks he's the Almighty, in the latest adaptation.


Peter O'Toole portrayed Gurney in a 1972 film version.


McAvoy tells the Daily Mail, "I saw the movie years ago, but I've only just read the play text and I found it riveting... It's about people at the top, thinking they're God, and thinking that their power isn't in any way limited."


The play will begin at the Trafalgar Theater in London on 16 January (15).