NEW YORK — To find their Mr. Darcy, the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota has turned to a Mad Man.
Vincent Kartheiser, who plays malcontent Pete Campbell on AMC’s “Mad Men,” will star this summer in a new Guthrie production of “Pride and Prejudice” as Jane Austen’s brooding hero.
“It’s interesting playing a character that people have such strong feelings about before I’ve even begun playing him,” he said. “I don’t have a lot of experience playing famous characters and it’s an interesting expectation ... on my head.”
Kartheiser, a native of Minneapolis, appeared at the Guthrie in 1986 at age 7 as Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol.” He returned to play small roles in the company’s 1990 productions.
His film credits include “Untamed Heart” with Marisa Tomei, and “Little Big League,” “The Indian in the Cupboard,” and 2011’s thriller “In Time.”
Kartheiser often has dipped in and out of theater projects.
“I started returning to the stage in my late 20s to get back in touch with my roots and to challenge myself,” he said. “It really is our medium.”
“Pride and Prejudice,” which will be directed by the Guthrie’s leader Joe Dowling, will play July 6-Aug. 31. It will mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s novel, which has been adapted into films, miniseries and even a Broadway musical.
In real life, Kartheiser is engaged to “Gilmore Girls” alum Alexis Bledel, who appeared on the show as the mentally unstable mistress of Kartheiser’s character. He wouldn’t reveal if a date for the wedding has been made.
“I wouldn’t tell you even if I could,” he said.