TV mainstay Aaron Sorkin is readying a new adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” with Jeff Daniels in the lead role. Daniels is an Emmy winner (and three-time nominee) for “The Newsroom,” taking home the trophy in 2013.
Sorkin, of course, is the producer, screenwriter, director and playwright whose TV credits include not only “The Newsroom,” but also “The West Wing” and “Sports Night.” Sorkin also has found success in features (“A Few Good Men,” “The American President,” “Moneyball,” “The Social Network”).
“Jeff Daniels, the two-time Tony-nominated actor who was last seen on Broadway in 2016’s ‘intimate Blackbird,’ will star as Atticus Finch, the heroic attorney and father figure in [Harper] Lee’s groundbreaking novel (a role famously immortalized onscreen in 1962 by Gregory Peck),” EW.com reports. “The star turn marks a reunion of sorts for Daniels and Sorkin, who tapped the actor to lead his 2012 HBO drama ‘The Newsroom,’ as well as Scott Rudin, who executive produced that series and will produce ‘Mockingbird’ on Broadway alongside Lincoln Center Theater.”
The cast, which was just announced, also includes Celia Keenan-Bolger as Scout and Will Pullen as Jem.
“Supporting the trio, a cast of true stage actors populates the world of Maycomb, Alabama, including Gideon Glick (as Dill), LaTanya Richardson Jackson (as Calpurnia), Dakin Matthews (as Judge Taylor), Stark Sands (as Horace Gilmer), Frederick Weller (as Bob Ewell), Erin Wilhelmi (as Mayella Ewell), Gbenga Akinnagbe (as Tom Robinson), Stephen McKinley Henderson, Phyllis Somerville, and Liv Rooth,” EW notes.
Tony winner Bartlett Sher will direct, with previews set to begin Nov. 1 and a Dec. 13 opening on tap. The theater is still to be announced.