Broadway insiders at On the Red Carpet report that Johansson, 27, has landed a starring role as Maggie the Cat in the famous work by Williams. Previously, the role has been portrayed by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Kathleen Turner and Ashley Judd.
Starring along with Johansson is Benjamin Walker, himself no stranger to Broadway. Walker most famously starred in 2010’s “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” as well as this summer’s box office oddity “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
Walker will play Brick Pollitt, an alcoholic former football player and husband of Maggie. Other cast members include Ciaran Hinds and Debra Monk, who will play Brick’s parents, Big Daddy and Big Mama.
Johansson will begin performing in previews on Dec. 18 at the Richard Rodgers Theater. Opening night will take place a month later on Jan. 17, 2013.
After Johansson made her Broadway debut with 2010’s revival of Arthur Miller's “A View from the Bridge,” she has apparently been dying 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 On the Red Carpet back in May. "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."
Her 2010 performance in the Arthur Miller play earned Johansson the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Will her performance in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” be equally compelling to critics? Audiences will find out on opening night.