Joe Manganiello, star of HBO's "True Blood" and the male stripper film "Magic Mike" will play the iconic role of Stanley Kowalksi in the Yale Repertory Theatre production of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" this fall.
The actor said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that he was offered and accpeted the role.
Mark Rucker will direct the production, which runs Sept. 20 to Oct. 12 at the University Theatre in New Haven.
The Rep would not confirmed the reports, which began when the actyor talked abiout the role in interviews. There are no other reports of casting in the show.
The casting of Manganiello, 36, who plays sexy werewolf Alcide Herveaux in the thriller on the cable network, is sure to boost ticket sales the same as Oscar-nominee Paul Giamatti did for the Rep's "Hamlet" this spring.
Manganiello previously played the role in the Williams play at the West Virginia Public Theatre.
He also played Flash Thompson in the "Spider-Man" film series. He also had recurring roles in YV's "E.R.", "How I Met Your Mother" and "One Tree Hill."
The Pittsburgh native holds a BFA in acting from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Season subscriptions are now on sale for the Rep. Info: 203-432-1234 and www.yalerep.org.
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Correction: In an earlier posting the actor's name was mispelled. It is Manganiello.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times