NEW YORK — Jeff Daniels is going to get another bite of “Blackbird” – this time on Broadway.

Nine years after he starred in the play off-Broadway, the “Dumb & Dumber” and “Newsroom” star will get another crack early next year opposite Michelle Williams. Joe Mantello, who directed Daniels in it in 2007, is also returning.

“I’ve wanted to come back to Broadway and there’s been some interest and some offers. But this felt like something that would shake everybody up,” said Daniels. “I didn’t want to come back safe. And this isn’t safe. It’s what Broadway should be about.”

David Harrower’s unsettling play centers on an older man, a much younger woman and what happens when they meet 15 years after their brief relationship has ended. It’s a 90-minute cat-and-mouse tale of guilt, revenge and sexual intrigue.

Daniels calls the play “two people playing U.S. Open tennis across a stage. I really look forward to that.” And like an athlete, he plans to give it his all: “There is only one way to do it. It’s got to cost you. You’ve got to leave it on the stage every night.”

Previews begin Feb. 5, 2016, at the Belasco Theatre. Opening night is set for March 10.

Daniels was last on Broadway in “God of Carnage.” His other plays there include “Redwood Curtain,” “The Golden Age” and “Fifth of July.”

– From news service reports