A private reading of A Time to Kill, Rupert Holmes' stage adaptation of the novel by John Grisham, will be held in Manhattan Sept. 30, according to the New York Post.
Ethan McSweeny, who directed the recent world-premiere engagement at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, will again direct. The cast of the reading will include Beau Bridges, Emily Bridges and Tony winner Shuler Hensley.
Should the production move forward to Broadway, the Post says producers plan to approach Justin Timberlake for the role of the young legal protegé.
A Time to Kill, according to Arena press notes, "depicts a Mississippi town’s upheaval when Carl Lee Hailey takes the law into his own hands following an unspeakable crime committed against his daughter," according to Arena. "Now on trial for murder, Carl Lee's only hope lies with one young, idealistic lawyer Jake Brigance, who is outmatched by the formidable district attorney, Rufus Buckley, and under attack from both sides of a racially divided city."