Seth Rogen to Play Walter Cronkite in David Gordon Green Drama 'Newsflash'

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Seth Rogen and Walter Cronkite

Ben Jacoby wrote the script for the film, which recounts how television news stations raced to report the facts of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Texas.

Seth Rogen is set to portray CBS news legend Walter Cronkite in Newsflash, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Stronger's David Gordon Green is directing the drama, featuring a script by Ben Jacoby. The film recounts the events of Nov. 22, 1963, as television news stations raced to report the facts of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Texas. Cronkite's producer Don Hewitt, boss Jim Aubrey and young coworker Dan Rather are also characters in the movie.

Greg Silverman, the former Warner Bros. WW production head who recently launched Stampede Ventures, is producing with Adam Kolbrenner. Production is set to begin next spring.

Rogen previously collaborated with Green on the 2008 comedy Pineapple Express and the 2015 political satire Our Brand Is Crisis. The seasoned comedic actor showcased his more dramatic side as Steve Wozniak in 2015's Steve Jobs. Currently among the ensemble of awards contender The Disaster Artist, Rogen adds the project to his slate of upcoming films, including James Franco's Hollywood dramedy Zeroville, Lauren Miller's romantic comedy Like Father, Jonathan Levine's comedy Flarsky and Jon Favreau's reimagining of The Lion King.

Rogen is represented by UTA and Principal Entertainment.