Aaron Sorkin: Jeff Daniels ‘Going to Knock You Out’ in New HBO Pilot

 

Aaron Sorkin is pleased that Jeff Daniels has landed a role in his upcoming HBO pilot, tentatively titled More As the Story Develops.

Sorkin tells New York magazine he’s “lucky” to have cast the actor for the project, which is set behind the scenes of a nightly cable news show. (The Hollywood Reporter broke the news earlier this week.)
 
“He’s going to play the lead and he’s going to blow the doors off the place,” says Sorkin. 
 
Daniels “is a great actor who has all the things that we needed — just a nuanced combination of brains and cluelessness, humor and sadness, and fearlessness and fear,” adds Sorkin. “And he’s going to bring all those things to the part. He’s really going to knock you out.”
 
If the project goes to series, it will mark Daniels’ first foray into regular series television. Previous TV credits include several telefilms, including 2008's Sweet Nothing in My Ear for Hallmark Channel. Daniels is better known to stage and film audiences, for a profilic career that includes Dumb & Dumber, The Squid and the Whale to State of Play, among many others.  
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