Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ Watch Trailer for Teen TV Drama Series in Development, ‘MysEducation’ Watch Grace Jones’ “Banned” Citroën CX TV Commercial Watch Grace Jones’ “Banned” Citroën CX TV Commercial BET Adds 2 New Original Movies + New Series, and More to Its Summer Lineup BET Adds 2 New Original Movies + New Series, and More to Its Summer Lineup Official First Look Images from Detroit-Set indie drama ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ Official First Look Images from Detroit-Set indie drama ‘Wolf Who Cried Boy’ Morgan Freeman's Bass Reeves Project Finally Gets a Lift, Thanks to HBO Morgan Freeman's Bass Reeves Project Finally Gets a Lift, Thanks to HBO First Look at CBS' 'Rush Hour' Series + Official Synopsis First Look at CBS' 'Rush Hour' Series + Official Synopsis What Did You Think of 'Bessie' After Last Night's Premiere? What Did You Think of 'Bessie' After Last Night's Premiere? Interview: Robert Ri'chard and Imani Hakim on Child Stardom to "Chocolate City" Interview: Robert Ri'chard and Imani Hakim on Child Stardom to "Chocolate City" Watch B.B. King Tell His Story in 1972 BBC Documentary, 'Sounding Out' Watch B.B. King Tell His Story in 1972 BBC Documentary, 'Sounding Out' Here's Another New CW Series That I Would Consider Taking a Look At... Trailer #2 Is Much Longer Here's Another New CW Series That I Would Consider Taking a Look At... Trailer #2 Is Much Longer Spike Lee Finally Breaks Silence on 'Chiraq' - "Everything I've Done Has Led Up to This Film" Spike Lee Finally Breaks Silence on 'Chiraq' - "Everything I've Done Has Led Up to This Film" New York Women in Film & Television Now Accepting Applications for Its Four 2015 Funds for Women Filmmakers New York Women in Film & Television Now Accepting Applications for Its Four 2015 Funds for Women Filmmakers So Now It's Rick Famuyiwa for Marvel’s 'Black Panther' and Ava DuVernay for 'Captain Marvel'? So Now It's Rick Famuyiwa for Marvel’s 'Black Panther' and Ava DuVernay for 'Captain Marvel'? Watch Wesley Snipes & Damon Gupton in First Trailer for NBC's 'Endgame' (Set for Thursday Nights at 10pm) Watch Wesley Snipes & Damon Gupton in First Trailer for NBC's 'Endgame' (Set for Thursday Nights at 10pm) Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

'A Time To Kill' Heading To Broadway - Who'll Play Carl Lee? Justin Timberlake As Jake Brigance?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 25, 2013 at 4:48PM

'A Time To Kill' Heading To Broadway - Who'll Play Carl Lee? Justin Timberlake As Jake Brigance?
8

John Douglas Thompson
John Douglas Thompson
John Grisham's racially-singed 1989 debut novel, A Time To Kill, which was later made into a movie in 1996, is officially heading to Broadway this fall, 2 years later after it was first rumored to be coming.

D.C.-based Arena Stage premiered the staged version of the novel earlier in 2011, to mixed reviews. 

Surprisingly, it's the first Grisham book adapted for the stage.

The 1996 movie starred Samuel L Jackson as a black father whose daughter is raped and killed by 2 white men in Mississippi, and who seeks revenge by shooting and killing both men, prompting his arrest and trial for murder. He's represented by 2 white lawyers (one's a law student with the ACLU), played by Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock. You know the rest... if not, look it up; or just watch the movie if you haven't.

I actually haven't seen it since I saw it in the theatre when it was released in 1996, when I wasn't all into cinema; and I remember liking it at the time. Maybe I'll give it another look and see how I respond to it 17 years later. Something tells me I won't be as kind, but who knows.

But it's now officially heading to Broadway, the play’s producers, Daryl Roth and Eva Price, announced, at a reported cost of $3.6 million

The play will begin preview performances on September 28 at the Golden Theater and open on October 20

It will be directed by Ethan McSweeny (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man).

As for casting... in 2011, the rumor was that Justin Timberlake had been "approached" to play legal eagle Jake Brigance (played in the film by Matthew McConaughey in the film). I'd be shocked if that rumor becomes a reality. But ya never know.

Can you say "Tony-Award nominee Justin Timberlake?" How well does that roll off your tongue, or would you rather bite it than speak those words, or even think them?

Sorry to all you Timberlake fans...

But, can't knock the brotha's... uh I mean, can't knock the white boy's hustle... or is it white boy's shuffle.

But I'm sure the question that will be on your minds is: who play Carl Lee - the character Samuel L. Jackson played in the film?

Dion Graham, who most may remember as State's Attorney Rupert Bond in The Wire, played the part while the show ran at Arena Stage in D.C. Might he be given the opportunity to do so on Broadway? I dunno... But given the way Broadway casting has gone recently, I expect they'll be going for a bigger "name." Feel free to throw a few around in the comments section.

Here's its trailer as a reminder:

This article is related to: Samuel L. Jackson, Theater


Shadow & ActNewsletter