Three years after making her Broadway debut, actress Scarlett Johansson is returning to Broadway with a role in the revival of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize–winning play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
The Rob Ashford directed production, will be Johansson’s second stint on Broadway. In 2010, she won a Tony Award for her performance in A View from the Bridge.
The 27-year-old starlet will play Maggie “the cat,” and star opposite Benjamin Walker, who will play her alcoholic ex-athlete husband Brick, in a plot that follows the downwards spiral of a wealthy southern family.
Also on stage will be Ciaran Hinds as Brick’s plantation-owner father, Big Daddy and Tony winner Debra Monk as Big Mama.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1955, has seen many revivals on Broadway with the last one taking place four years ago with an all-black cast starring Anika Noni Rose and Terrence Howard as Maggie and Brick, and James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad as Big Daddy and Big Mama, respectively.
The play also saw a big-screen adaptation featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in the starring roles in 1958.
NY Daily News describes the play as bubbling “over with sexual angst, family dysfunction and secrets and lies. It is one of Williams’ most popular plays.”
The show is scheduled to begin previews at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Dec. 18 and opens on Jan. 17, 2013.