NEW YORK -- Tom Skerritt will make his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of John Grisham’s legal thriller "A Time to Kill."
Skerritt will play Lucien Wilbanks, a liberal but disbarred Southern attorney who is fond of drink and helps guide the main attorney.
Skerritt joins a star-studded cast that includes Sebastian Arcelus, Chike Johnson, Patrick Page, Tonya Pinkins, Fred Dalton Thompson, John Douglas Thompson and Ashley Williams. Performances will begin Sept. 28 at the John Golden Theatre. Opening night is set for Oct. 20.
Skerritt won an Emmy Award on the CBS drama series "Picket Fences" and his films include "Steel Magnolias," "Top Gun" and "Contact." He has appeared onstage in Los Angeles and Seattle productions of the play "Love Letters" and as the Stage Manager in the Intiman Theatre production of "Our Town" directed by Bartlett Sher.
"A Time to Kill" is a courtroom thriller set in Mississippi that centers on a white lawyer defending a black father who has killed the man who attacked his young daughter.
An earlier version of "A Time to Kill" was staged at Washington’s Arena Stage in 2011.