Scarlett Johansson is making a return to Broadway, playing Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

The actress won a Tony for her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's A View From A Bridge in 2010.

In the forthcoming play, which is due to open in January 2013, Johansson stars alongside Ciarán Hinds, Benjamin Walker and Debra Monk.

The 27-year-old actress said: "I am so thrilled to return to Broadway and feel incredibly fortunate to be doing so with [director] Rob Ashford and such gifted actors."

Johansson will play the role of a headstrong wife of an ageing football hero (Walker), whose unfufilled desires have led to his drinking and the couple's estrangement.

Elizabeth Taylor famously played the role of Maggie in the 1958 big screen adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play.

Cat on a Hat Tin Roof won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955 and this current production marks its fifth revival on Broadway.