Scarlett Johansson to star in Broadway's 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'
Scarlett Johansson was signed on to return to Broadway in Tennessee Williams' classic play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
The 27-year-old actress will portray Maggie the Cat, a role which has been played by some of Hollywood's most famous actresses like Elizabeth Taylor, Kathleen Turner and Ashley Judd.
Johansson will star opposite Broadway veteran Benjamin Walker, who is best known for starring in the 2010 rock musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" and in the recent film, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
The Broadway production will also star Irish actor Ciaran Hinds and Tony winner Debra Monk, who will portray Big Daddy and Big Mama, respectively.
"I am so thrilled to return to Broadway and feel incredibly fortunate to be doing so with Rob Ashford and such gifted actors," Johansson said in a statement.
The play, which is set in the sitting room of a plantation home in Mississippi, follows the Mississippi Delta's wealthiest cotton planter, Big Daddy Pollitt (Hinds) whose 65th birthday preparations are tarnished by the rocky relationship of his son Brick (Walker), a former football star-turned alcoholic and his feisty wife Maggie (Johansson).
According to BroadwayWorld, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" will debut preview performances on December 18 at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for January 17.
Following the early rumors of Johansson's casting, the actress told OTRC.com at her May Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony that she would love to return to the stage.
"Fingers crossed I'll be returning back to The Great White Way. You know, that feels just as much a home to me as this star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," Johansson told OTRC.com on May 2. "I had that same feeling being up on the Broadway stage that I really had made it, my dream to come true. It's really nice to feel that you have a home on either coast."
Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955 and was adapted into a motion picture starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in 1958. The play was last on Broadway in 2008, with an all-black cast which included Anika Noni Rose and Terrance Howard.
Johansson made her Broadway debut starring opposite Liev Schreiber in a 2010 revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge." The role earned Johansson the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Johansson first began acting in 1994 in "North." She went on to have roles in films like "The Horse Whisperer," "Match Point," "Ghost World" and "Lost in Translation."