Greg Kinnear was only a month away from making his Broadway debut within the play “To Kill a Mockingbird” when the pandemic shut theater down in March 2020. He is not giving up: Early subsequent 12 months, he’ll attempt once more.
The 2-time Emmy Award-winner and Oscar nominee is slated to take over the function of Atticus Finch from Jeff Daniels starting Jan. 5, 2022.
“There is nothing in the Greg Kinnear IMDb credits that you will find that will suggest that I am in any way an obvious choice for taking on this role,” he tells The Related Press. “This will all be a new endeavor for me. I welcome it and I’m thrilled about it.”
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee gained a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and has been broadly praised as a delicate portrait of racial pressure in Nineteen Thirties Alabama. At its core is Atticus Finch, a lawyer referred to as upon to defend a Black man falsely accused of raping a white girl.
Lee’s iconic ebook has been tailored for the stage by Aaron Sorkin, who gained an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his screenplay for “The Social Network.” The play is directed by Bartlett Sher.
Sorkin’s script — which cuts the undergrowth of minor characters and enhances others, significantly the maid Calpurnia and Tom Robinson, the person falsely accused of rape — was the factor that actually grabbed Kinnear.
“It simply moved me so emotionally. It’s such an attractive, slight modernization of the fabric to make it related in a manner that that’s so resounding proper now,” he mentioned.
“I feel like he humanizes Atticus in a way that needed to happen. And, at the same time, all the texture and the power of the book I don’t feel is lost in any way.”
Kinnear has visited New York to debate the function with the artistic group and whereas he hasn’t but seen the present, he has walked onto the empty 1,435-seat Shubert Theatre stage. “I did feel a little catching my breath,” he says.
He’s scheduled to begin rehearsals in December and hasn’t but determined whether or not or not he’ll see Daniels within the function throughout his 4 weeks of preparation.
“I’m sure I’ll be amazed if I do go and see it. But there’s part of me that also feels like maybe keeping some distance from it frees up the creativity a little bit by not looking back,” he says.
Kinnear earned an Oscar nod for “As Good As It Gets” and his extra credit embody “You’ve Got Mail,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Sabrina” and “Baby Mama.” He additionally has two Daytime Emmy Awards, each for “Talk Soup.”
He admits his theater expertise is proscribed however he did carry out in a 2012 manufacturing on the New York Stage and Movie’s Powerhouse Theater. He says he trusts the “To Kill a Mockingbird” solid and crew. “I’m just happy to get to join the ride,” he mentioned.