Sienna Miller will return to London's West End for the first time in six years, in a revival of Tennessee Williams' iconic play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
The American Sniper actress will play Maggie, a Southern belle married to handsome former all-American football player Brick, who struggles to satisfy his sex-starved wife.
Starred Up actor Jack O’Connell has been cast as Brick in the play, which will run in the West End for twelve weeks this summer (17). Benedict Andrews will direct the production, which is being presented by the Young Vic, with Sienna telling the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye: "With Benedict, it won’t be a traditional version."
Sienna may not seem like the obvious choice for the role, which was immortalized on the silver screen by brunette bombshell Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 movie, before Scarlett Johansson received critical acclaim when she debuted in the role on Broadway in 2010.
However, the Australian-born theater director revealed to the Daily Mail that when Sienna first sent him a tape of herself reading a scene from the play as part of her audition process, he was struck by her strength.
"She’s a very special actress," he explained of the Foxcatcher star. While Maggie's attractiveness to the opposite sex is described in the play as causing "men's eyes (to) burn holes in her", Benedict added the same can be said of the 35-year-old actress.
The show will begin previewing at the Apollo Theater, Shaftesbury Avenue, on 13 July (17).
It's not Sienna's only good news this week. On Thursday (23Feb17) it was announced the actress has been cast in The Catcher Was A Spy alongside Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, and Paul Giamatti. The movie tells the true story of Moe Berg, a major league ballplayer who was an important spy against the Nazis in WWII.
Sienna can also currently be seen in movie The Lost City of Z, alongside Robert Pattinson.