Jackson confirmed to play Luther King

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2011, 10:15 AM IST

London: Actor Samuel L Jackson has officially signed up to make his Broadway debut playing civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr in a new play.

The `Pulp Fiction` star will take to the New York stage later this year with a starring role in `The Mountaintop` by Katori Hall, which chronicles the imagined events of the night before King was shot dead in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968.

The long-rumoured casting was confirmed this week, with previews set to begin in September this year ahead of the play`s official opening on October 13, reported Daily Express.

"The Mountaintop is a brilliantly conceived gem of a play. An ambitious work of fiction that is powerful, heartbreaking, humorous and exhilarating... We are honoured to be presenting the Broadway debut of the great Samuel L Jackson," a statement from the show`s producers read.