Andrew Garfield will play a gay man diagnosed with AIDS in the upcoming London production of Tony Kushner's award-winning play Angels in America.

According to Vulture, a New York Magazine blog that covers entertainment, Garfield, who is best known for playing Spider-Man / Peter Parker in the 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise, will play Prior Walter in the new production, which is set to premiere in May 2017.

The National Theater's production of Angels in America will be directed by Marianne Elliott.

Kushner's two-part, seven-hour play debuted in Los Angeles in 1992. Set in New York City in 1985, it looks at AIDS and gay rights in America. The play opens as Walter learns that he has AIDS. After his lover leaves him, Walter is visited by an angel who proclaims him to be a prophet.

Stephen Spinella played Walter in the play's LA debut and its later Broadway staging.