Leighton Meester (credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Leighton Meester (credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

(CBS SF/AP) – Leighton Meester will make her Broadway debut next year as a beautiful temptress in the revival of “Of Mice and Men,” alongside James Franco and Chris O’Dowd.

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Producers said Monday that the former “Gossip Girl” star, 27, will join the Bay Area-native Franco and O’Dowd in the story about an unlikely friendship between two migrant field workers in California during the Great Depression.

The story by John Steinbeck centers on big-dreaming George and the mentally challenged Lennie. Meester will play the wife of a ranch boss who fascinates Lennie — “she’s purty,” he tells his friend — and endangers their fates.
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The play, which starts performances in March at the Longacre Theatre, has not been seen on Broadway in 40 years. Tony Award-winner Anna D. Shapiro will direct.

Meester, who also starred in the film “Country Strong,” recently got engaged to former “The O.C.” actor Adam Brody.

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