Scarlett Johansson to Star in Broadway Revival of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’
One of the late, great Elizabeth Taylor’s most memorable film roles was that of the sexually-frustrated Maggie in Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.’
Now the 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning play on which the movie was based is getting (yet another) Broadway revival, and Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been tapped to star.
Johansson is no stranger to the stage — she won a Tony two years ago for her role in ‘A View From the Bridge,’ and has since said she’d like to return to the Great White Way. This production in particular was likely interesting to her not only because Maggie is a plum role, but because the show will be produced by Stuart Thompson, who also helmed ‘A View From the Bridge.’
New York Times insiders say Jeremy Renner, currently co-starring with Scarlett in ‘The Avengers,’ has been in talks to play Maggie’s husband Brick, but that the leading contender for the part is Chris Pine (whom you may know as James T. Kirk in the recent reboot of the ‘Star Trek’ movie franchise).
If everything goes according to plan, the latest Broadway production of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ — the third in the past decade — will open this time next year. Previous casts have included Ashley Judd, Terrence Howard, James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad.