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Samuel L Jackson debuts on Broadway

Samuel L Jackson will make his Broadway debut this autumn as the Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

Producers of The Mountaintop said the Academy Award-nominated actor will star in the play that reimagines the night before the civil rights leader's assassination.

The play, by Katori Hall, made its debut in London in 2009.

It had been rumoured that Halle Berry would join Samuel but producers said "child custody issues" ruled her out.

Performances on Broadway will begin on September 22 at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre on 45th Street. The official opening is set for October 13.

Samuel, known for films such as Pulp Fiction and Snakes on a Plane, originated roles in two of August Wilson's plays at Yale Repertory Theatre and appeared at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

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