The outgoing star of Doctor Who, actor Matt Smith, has landed a high-profile gig for his next project: the lead role in the anticipated musical adaptation of American Psycho.

Producers of the forthcoming London musical revealed the casting news Monday and a rush on tickets began within hours of the announcement.

In accepting the lead role of yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman, Smith is taking on "one of the most iconic antiheroes of the 20th century," producers said.

Smith, who was the youngest actor ever to star as TV's veteran time-traveller, will make his final appearances in the long-running British series Doctor Who on its upcoming 50th anniversary episode and the traditional holiday season episode, to air later this year.

Meanwhile, preview performances of American Psycho begin at London's 325-seat Almeida Theatre on Dec. 3, with Dec. 12 slated as the official opening night. The production runs through Jan. 25, 2014.

The upcoming musical version of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial, 1980s-set novel is being directed by Rupert Goold, with a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) and featuring music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening).

The musical adaptation has long been in the works, with a version previously slated to open on Broadway several years ago. Christian Bale starred in a film version of American Psycho in 2000.