With Samuel L. Jackson leaving to shoot a film, producers of THE MOUNTAINTOP Jean Doumanian and Sonia Friedman are considering recasting the show, which also stars Angela Bassett, according to Variety.
So far the show has had a single-week extension and is now scheduled to end its limited run on Jan. 22 when Jackson leaves the show to beginning filming a movie.
"It's eminently recastable," Friedman said of the show. But recasting a show with such a big-name star can mean trouble at the box office.
But recasting isn't the only option for the show reports Variety "There's also been interest from regional presenters and producers are talking about a live HD cinemacast of the show, probably sometime in January.
There's also the possibility that Jackson could return to the production following filming. In this case, Bassett would likely appear in the show for several weeks with a temporary co-star."
"We'd love to get Sam back," Doumanian told Variety.
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The Mountaintop stars Samuel L. Jackson as DR. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Angela Bassett, and is directed by Tony Award® nominee Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun). The play features original music by Grammy Award®-winner and Tony Award® nomineeBranford Marsalis.
Taking place on April 3, 1968, The Mountaintop is a gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader DR. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King (Samuel L. Jackson) retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger (Angela Bassett) arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.