Jeff Daniels will climb inside Atticus Finch’s skin and walk around in it on Broadway. Daniels will star in Aaron Sorkin’s stage production of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, according to Entertainment Weekly.
To Kill a Mockingbird will be directed by Bartlett Sher. The production will star Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie, Peter and the Starcatcher) as Scout. It will feature an ensemble cast that includes Will Pullen as Scout’s brother Jem; LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Finch’s housekeeper, Calpurnia; Gideon Glick (Significant Other) as Scout’s friend Dill; and Stark Sands (Kinky Boots) as prosecutor Horace Gilmer.
The role of Boo Radley has not yet been cast, but Frederick Weller, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Erin Wilhelmi, Dakin Matthews, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Phyllis Somerville and Liv Rooth will play supporting roles. Composer Adam Guettel will write an original score for the play.
Lee’s debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird was written during the early stages of the civil rights movement, when Jim Crow laws were still in effect in some Southern states. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was published in 10 languages within a year of its release. It is considered one of the classics of modern American literature.
The story revolves around Scout’s relationship with her father, small-town Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch, who takes on a case defending a black man accused of rape.
To Kill a Mockingbird begins previews Thursday, November 1. It will open on Thursday, December 13. No theater has been announced.