London: The 'Pulp Fiction' star Samuel L Jackson has been signed to play civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr in his Broadway debut.

Samuel 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,

"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 said.

(Agencies)