Variety reports that Judd will play Maggie in the latest Broadway mounting of the Tennessee Williams play. The role was originated onstage by Barbara Bel Geddes in the 1955 production; Elizabeth Ashley played the part in the 1974 Broadway revival, and Kathleen Turner was Broadway's most recent Maggie the Cat in 1990. The industry paper also says that Mark Ruffalo has been mentioned for the role of Brick, although additional casting has yet to be confirmed. Produced by Bill Kenwright, this production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof originated on the London stage with direction by Anthony Page. The cast at the Lyric Theatre featured Brendan Fraser, Frances O'Connor, Ned Beatty, Gemma Jones, Abigail McKern and Clive Carter.
Judd's acceptance of the Broadway role has nixed her chance to star as the Catwoman in the upcoming "Batman" sequel. Warner Bros. has offered the role to the Oscar-nominated "Hours" star, Nicole Kidman, who played Dr. Chase Meridian in "Batman Forever."
Daughter of famed singer Naomi Judd, Ashley Judd was recently seen as Tina Modotti in the Miramax film "Frida." Her other motion picture credits include "Ruby in Paradise," "Natural Born Killers," "A Time to Kill," "Kiss the Girls," "Double Jeopardy," "Someone Like You," "High Crimes" and "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." Judd made her New York stage debut in the 1994 Roundabout Theatre production of Picnic.