NEW YORK -- Rebecca Hall, who plays a brilliant biologist in "Iron Man 3," will soon get to play a murderer onstage.

The Roundabout Theatre Company said Tuesday that Hall will star on Broadway in the first revival of "Machinal" since it made its debut 85 years ago.

Previews begin Dec. 20 at the American Airlines Theatre and opening night is Jan. 16.

Sophie Treadwell's play is inspired by the 1927 murder trial of Ruth Brown Snyder, who was executed after helping her lover kill her husband.

When it debuted on Broadway in 1928, the role of the lover was played by the then-unknown Clark Gable.

Hall, an English actress who earned a Golden Globe nomination for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," also appeared in Ben Affleck's "The Town" and on TV in "Parade's End."

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