Alec Baldwin should remain in the zeitgeist for at least a little longer.
Fresh off his two Emmy nominations for his defining turn as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, Baldwin is set to star in another NBC production: a live staging of Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, with Sorkin writing and the net’s go-to event producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan attached to executive produce. Baldwin will play Col. Nathan Jessep, a role made famous by Jack Nicholson in the beloved 1992 film, which also starred Tom Cruise along with Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon.
The televised play will air in the second quarter of 2018, and will mark the first live production of a Broadway drama in more than 50 years. In recent years, NBC, under the direction of entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, has been aggressively expanding its live output, but the emphasis has been on musicals (Peter Pan, The Wiz, Hairspray, Sound of Music) until now.
“No stranger to live television, Alec is the most multifaceted actor in the world and his range is incomparable. He will put his own inimitable stamp on the role of Col. Jessep in a play that is still as surprising and relevant as ever, from one of the most gifted writers working today,” said Greenblatt of an actor whom he calls “the gift that keeps on giving at NBC.” Before SNL, Baldwin earned accolades and Emmys for his work as Jack Donaghy on the comedy 30 Rock, also on NBC.
Sorkin’s first pass at A Few Good Men came at age 26, when he wrote the stage play that premiered on Broadway to immense critical acclaim in 1989. Three years later, he adapted the play as a feature, and that, too, went on to receive heavy attention, including an Oscar nomination for best picture. NBC first announced Sorkin would be taking a fresh look at the project in March 2016, but the casting process (along with Sorkin’s schedule) is said to have caused delays.
“Alec is one of our greatest actors,” Sorkin said of finally landing his star. “Having him play this role — live onstage for a television audience — is a dream come true. This will be a brand-new take on Nathan Jessep, and I expect that Alec is going to bust through TV screens and right into living rooms.”
The famed play takes place in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1986 and centers on newbie military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee, who comes up against the formidable Col. Jessep when he is asked to defend three Marines on trial for murder. El Dorado Pictures’ Mallory Schwartz and Storyline Entertainment’s Mark Nicholson will also produce the NBC iteration, which will also count Baldwin and Sorkin as exec producers. The telecast will be produced by Universal Television in association with Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Television.
Baldwin is repped by CAA.