Could Samuel L. Jackson Star as MLK, Jr. in Broadway Run of The Mountaintop?

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Katori Hall's Oliver Award-winning drama The Mountaintop, which imagines a meeting between an enigmatic hotel maid and Martin Luther King, Jr. the night before his assassination, could get some star wattage when it arrives on Broadway this fall. The New York Post reports that Samuel L. Jackson is being courted for the New York premiere.
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Jackson is reportedly involved in a New York reading of the two-hander that is directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon, who staged the starry revival of August Wilson's Fences with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.

The Post reports that Jackson, who was an usher at King's funeral in Atlanta, could garner $50,000 a week to star in the Broadway production, which is slated to begin this fall. Representatives for the production declined to comment.

Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose read the role of hotel maid Camae in a reading of the play at the William Inge Theatre Festival in late April.

The Mountaintop premiered at London's Theatre 503 in June 2009. The play transferred to the Trafalgar Studio 1 in the West End and earned the Olivier Award for Best Play. David Harewood and Lorraine Burroughs starred.

Here's how producers describe the work: "Taking place on April 3, 1968, The Mountaintop is a gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., as he retires to Room 306 in the now famous Lorraine Motel in Memphis, after delivering his legendary 'I've Been to the Mountaintop' speech to a massive church congregation. When room-service is delivered by a young woman, whose identity we puzzle over, King is forced to confront his past, as well as his legacy to his people."

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