Matthew McConaughey Reprising ‘A Time to Kill’ Role for HBO’s Upcoming John Grisham Series

by Matthew Wilson
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Matthew McConaughey is coming back to court. The actor plans to reprise his attorney character from the film “A Time to Kill.”

The actor will reprise his role of attorney Jake Brigance in an upcoming adaptation of a John Grisham novel. The author wrote two sequels to “A Time to Kill,” called “Sycamore Row” and “A Time for Mercy.”

The latest follow-up released in 2020. And HBO is adapting the book into a series, according to Variety. “A Time for Mercy” follows the attorney on a new case.

Brigance comes to the defense of a young man who murdered his mom’s boyfriend. The boyfriend happens to be a deputy sheriff. But the young man claims the boyfriend was abusive to his mom and his family.

Rather than recast the role, HBO will brink McConaughey back as Brigance for the sequel series. McConaughey previously portrayed the character back in 1996 in an adaptation of the famous Grisham novel.

This isn’t the first time McConaughey starred in an HBO series. The actor has a previous working relationship with the company from “True Detective.”

For his role in that series, McConaughey garnered an Emmy nomination.

Matthew McConaughey an ‘A Time to Kill’

“A Time to Kill” played an important role as a book in Grisham’s career and as a movie in McConaughey’s. As a novel, it was Grisham’s first published work and established the beginning of a long and fruitful career for the author.

Meanwhile, the film adaptation was one of McConaughey’s first major roles. It garnered him both success and recognition in the 1990s. He starred in the film alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Sandra Bullock.

McConaughey’s take on the character proved to be iconic. And it’s hard to imagine someone else stepping into the role and delivering the same gravitas.

McConaughey portrayed the lawyer as frustrated with the system but doing his best to work within it to change it. After all, who can forget his hair-raising closing arguments in the movie?

The film followed McConaughey’s Brigance defending a black father, played by Jackson. Jackson’s character murdered two white men after they raped his young daughter. McConaughey’s character is faced with the difficult task of defending the man in an area that would quickly convict them. Both the actor and character more than rises to the task.

Currently, the HBO series is still in early development with no writer attached or planned release date. But the news is sure to please fans of “A Time to Kill.”