scarjo050212_01_X17scarlett230.jpgStart spreading the news ... Scarlett Johansson is heading to Broadway!

The sexy starlet will be starring in the hit musical Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in December.

Johansson released the following statement:

    "I am so thrilled to return to Broadway and feel incredibly fortunate to be doing so with Rob Ashford and such gifted actors."

ScarJo will play Maggie the Cat which is her first Broadway role since winning a Tony for her work in A View from a Bridge. Elizabeth Taylor played Maggie in the classic 1958 film.

The play will begin previews December 18 and open January 17 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.