Matthew McConaughey to return to “A Time To Kill Role” In New HBO Series

All rise, all rise, all rise. Matthew McConaughey is headed back to the courtroom. The Texan native is attrached to reprise his role of Jake Brigance from 1996’s A Time To Kill in a new HBO series. Like its predecessor, this new series is based off of a John Grisham novelA Time For Mercy. The show will take the same name.

The 2020 book is the third Grisham work to center on attorney Jake Brigance, after A Time To Kill and Sycamore Row. In it, Jake must defend a young man accused of killing his mother’s boyfriend. A screenwriter has yet to be announced for the adaption.

The film version of A Time To Kill was one of McConaughey’s breakout roles. His Brigance defended a black man (Samuel L Jackson) on trial for killing two white men who raped his young daughter. Sandra Bullock also starred in the legal drama.

McConaughey is no stranger to HBO legal dramas having starred in the critically acclaimed first season of True Detective with Woody Harrelson.

A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.