“You can’t handle the truth,” but can you handle Alec Baldwin playing Colonel Jessup in NBC’s live staging of Aaron Sorkin’s A FEW GOOD MEN? Baldwin will take over the role made famous on the big screen by Jack Nicholson, whose classic line of dialogue has endured for decades.
A Few Good Men premiered on Broadway in 1989 before becoming a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise in 1992. The story follows military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee as he defends three Marines on trial for murder, and clashes with their formidable commanding officer, Col. Jessup.
Baldwin and Sorkin will executive produce along with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, and the televised play is expected to air in the second quarter of 2018. The drama comes in the wake of live musicals such as Peter Pan, Hairspray and The Wiz.
Baldwin is no stranger to live television, having hosted Saturday Night Live as much as anyone, and having just played Donald Trump in the last season of NBC’s sketch series. A Few Good Men keeps Baldwin in business with NBC, with whom he also worked on 30 Rock. He’s represented by CAA.
A Few Good Men will be produced by Universal Television in association with Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Television, as well as Mallory Schwartz of El Dorado Pictures and Mark Nicholson of Storyline Entertainment.
Sorkin recently wrapped his feature directorial debut Molly’s Game, which will premiere this fall via STX. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Baldwin’s casting.
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