"Matt Dillon is a great boy, a great star, a pure warrior," according to Berkoff. Dillon’s many films include The Outsiders, The Flamingo Kid, Drugstore Cowboy, To Die For, There’s Something About Mary, Crash and You, Me and Dupree. Berkoff also said that the plan is to open the play first at Nottingham Playhouse in March 2008 ahead of a West End transfer.
Earlier this year, Berkoff bought the stage rights to On the Waterfront from the screenplay’s author, the now 93-year-old Budd Schulberg, and has had numerous workshops in London to date. Schulberg co-wrote a 1995 stage version of the screen classic which lasted just one week at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre.