To Kill a Mockingbird: Jeff Daniels to lead Aaron Sorkin adaptation on Broadway
The Great American Novel heads to the Great White Way as producers have announced the cast for Aaron Sorkin’s new play based on Harper Lee’s seminal classic To Kill a Mockingbird, opening on Broadway this fall.
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 Lee’s groundbreaking novel (a role famously immortalized onscreen in 1962 by Gregory Peck). 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.
Joining Daniels in the Finch household are two adults who will channel Atticus’s children: Celia Keenan-Bolger will play Atticus’s fearlessly curious daughter, Scout, and Will Pullen will play her protective older brother, 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. Additional casting will be announced.
Tony winner Bartlett Sher will direct the play, which will begin previews Nov. 1 ahead of a Dec. 13 opening at a theatre to be announced. The production’s designers include Miriam Buether (scenic), Ann Roth (costume), Jennifer Tipton (lighting), Scott Lehrer (sound), and an original score by The Light in the Piazza composer Adam Guettel.
As any middle or high school student can attest, To Kill a Mockingbird has remained a ubiquitous novel in America since its publication almost 60 years ago. Lee’s masterpiece chronicles both a coming-of-age and a search for justice in a racially-charged town, in which a host of compelling characters bring to life the Deep South’s culture of intolerance in the 1930s.