Tom Skerritt Joins 'A Time to Kill' Cast

3:46 PM PST 08/14/2013 by David Rooney
Tom Skerritt

The Emmy-winning veteran actor will make his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of John Grisham's courtroom thriller.

NEW YORK -- Tom Skerritt will make his Broadway debut in A Time to Kill, Rupert Holmes' stage adaptation of the best-selling John Grisham novel, opening at the John Golden Theatre in the fall.

Skerritt will take on the role of Lucien Wilbanks, mentor to idealistic young defense attorney Jake Brigance, played by Sebastian Arcelus (House of Cards). 

An Emmy Award winner in 1993 for his role on the CBS drama Picket Fences, Skerritt's notable screen appearances over the past five decades have included M*A*S*H, The Turning Point, Alien, A River Runs Through It, Steel Magnolias and Top Gun.

The addition of Skerritt completes the cast of the upcoming Broadway production, directed by Ethan McSweeny and produced by Daryl Roth and Eva Price. It begins previews Sept. 28 for an Oct. 20 opening.

Other previously announced cast members, along with Arcelus, include Chike Johnson, Patrick Page, Tonya Pinkins, Fred Dalton ThompsonJohn Douglas Thompson and Ashley Williams.

Based on Grisham's first novel -- and the first for which he has granted stage adaptation rights -- A Time to Kill chronicles the impact on a small, racially divided Mississippi town of the murder trial of a black man charged with killing the two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter.

Joel Schumacher directed a 1996 screen version of the novel that starred Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey.

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