Josh Lucas to play Uma Thurman's husband in new Broadway play

18th Jul 17 | Entertainment News

Sweet Home Alabama star Josh Lucas will play Uma Thurman's husband in her Broadway debut.

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The actor has signed on to portray Peter in political comedy The Parisian Woman, created by Beau Willimon, the man behind hit Netflix drama House of Cards.

Thurman will play a ruthless Washington, D.C. socialite who will stop at nothing to secure her husband a top job.

Unlike his castmate, Lucas is not new to Broadway - he last appeared on the New York stage in a 2005 revival of The Glass Menagerie, which also featured Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Christian Slater.

Speaking to on Monday (17Jul17), he recalled his New York theatre debut as Judas in Terrence McNally's controversial Jesus tale Corpus Christi in 1998.

The Manhattan Theatre Club production became a target for Catholics, who staged protests outside the venue and created havoc inside with bomb threats.

"I don't think any of us anticipated what would happen and the madness that followed," the actor said. "We were being trained by the FBI, were given a separate entrance down hallways and up stairs. There were fistfights in the lobby! That was my first New York theatre experience."

He's looking forward to his Broadway return, insisting Willimon's new play - inspired by Henry Becque's 1885 farce La Parisienne - is going to be a big hit.

"I was searching for theatre that has commentary, relevance and poignancy," Lucas said, "but I was also struck by how wildly entertaining and funny it is. At the same time, it does strike a chord on what's happening in political families in Washington and how they manipulate their way through the system."

Rehearsals will being on 1 October (17) and The Parisian Woman is scheduled to open on 30 November (17).

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