Jeff Labrecque
April 15, 2011 AT 05:09 PM EDT

Samuel L. Jackson will play Martin Luther King in a Broadway adaptation of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall’s play about the martyred civil rights leader’s imagined conversation with a hotel maid during his last days in Memphis, according to the New York Times. It opened in London in 2009, with David Harewood portraying King. Jackson, Oscar nominated for his role in Pulp Fiction, has appeared in several off-Broadway productions, but playing King will be his first Broadway starring role. The Mountaintop will begin previews at the Bernard Jacobs Theater on Sept. 22.

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