Actor James Cromwell is set to portray media mogul Rupert Murdoch in an Australian play.

Rupert is scheduled to hit the Sydney stage in November (14) before runs in London's West End next year (15) and on Broadway in 2016.

The Green Mile star tells The Sydney Morning Herald he jumped at the chance to play the embattled media tycoon, revealing, "I like taking on the dragon and Murdoch is definitely the dragon...

"I just saw King John, which was really interesting. He doesn't have any soliloquies and never talks about his motives.That's also true of Rupert. Murdoch's reasons are unintelligible to the rest of us. And he doesn't seem to have any perception that the cost of what he does to other people is untenable. The consequences of a misguided passion towards a goal that has a cost for other people, of course, is the stuff of tragedy. Tragic for everybody concerned."

The show has already played in Melbourne and Washington, D.C. and will focus on the News of the World's phone hacking scandal. Murdoch shut down his U.K. Sunday tabloid following claims editors had hired a private eye to illegally hack the phones of celebrities and high-profile public figures.