The New York Post reports that Plummer has inked a deal to play lawyer Matthew Harrison Brady — the role created on Broadway by Ed Begley — in an upcoming revival of the 1955 play. Scott Ellis, who helmed another courtroom saga — the acclaimed 2004 revival of Twelve Angry Men — will direct. Although the production has yet to find a theatre, production sources told the New York daily the show is aiming for a fall opening.
Inherit The Wind is based on the famous Scopes "Monkey" trial of 1925 where two lawyers (based on Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan) battle over the right of a science teacher to educate his students on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
Wind originally played on Broadway in 1955 with Paul Muni and the aforementioned Ed Begley originating the lawyer roles to Tony Award-winning effect. The play was adapted for the screen in 1960 with Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly in the lead roles. The work was last seen on Broadway in 1996 with Charles Durning and George C. Scott heading the cast.
Christopher Plummer was most recently on Broadway in the 2004 revival of King Lear, earning a Tony nomination for his work in the title role of that Shakespeare classic. His other Main Stem credits include J.B., Cyrano, Othello, No Man's Land and Barrymore. Plummer won Tony Awards for his performances in both Cyrano and Barrymore.