The Mountaintop May Extend Broadway Run

The Mountaintop May Extend Broadway Run

The actor, who has been playing Dr. Martin Luther King on stage, is due back on the big screen.

Published November 8, 2011

The show must go on, even if it's without Samuel L. Jackson. Playbill reports that award-winning Broadway play The Mountaintop will extends it's run again, but producers will have to recast the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. currently played by Jackson. Jackson's co-star Angela Bassett is expected to continue with the production.


The Mountaintop press notes describe the play as a "gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering his legendary 'I've Been to the Mountaintop' speech, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious young woman delivers room service, King is forced to confront his past, as well as his legacy to his people."


Jackson will have to leave the production, which is also being developed for the big screen, to join Quentin Tarantino and his ensemble cast for Django Unchained.


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Written by Smriti Mundhra


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