The British actor, 43, will star in the production at the British capital's Barbican Centre next year (17).

Jude's appearance at the iconic arts venue will be his first in more than twenty years, since he starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of the Greek tragedy Ion in 1995.

The stage version of Obsession will be directed by acclaimed theatre director Ivo van Hove, whose Broadway productions of the Arthur Miller plays A View From the Bridge and The Crucible last week (beg02May16) earned nine Tony Award nominations between them.

Jude says he can't wait to work with Ivo, telling, "I'd heard great things about Ivo van Hove. When I saw A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic and then Antigone at the Barbican I knew he was someone I really wanted to have the opportunity to work with."

The play will be based on the 1943 Luchino Visconti film Obsession, a landmark crime drama based on James M. Cain's novel The Postman Only Rings Twice.

The Italian filmmaker is a favourite of the Alfie star, who adds, "I can't wait to return to the Barbican, where I performed 22 years ago with the RSC, to take on the role of Gino, immortalised in the 1943 classic, Ossessione (Obsession) by Luchino Visconti, whose films I adore."

Ivo adds that he is looking forward to Jude working with actors from his Toneelgroep Amsterdam theatre company, saying, "It's very exciting to bring British actors and specifically Jude Law together with actors from our Toneelgroep Amsterdam ensemble for the first time. Obsession is a raw and timeless tale about idealised love and its fleeting nature."

Obsession will run at The Barbican Centre from 19 April to 20 May 2017.