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Alec Baldwin to Star in NBC’s ‘A FEW GOOD MEN’ Live

July 17, 2017

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Fresh off from his remarkable Emmy Award nomination last week for playing President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin has joined NBC’s upcoming live A FEW GOOD MEN as Colonel Nathan Jessup, from playwright and Oscar and Emmy winner Aaron Sorkin, who will executive produce and adapt his own play for the broadcast.

Baldwin and Sorkin will join Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as executive producers.

Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment said:

“Alec Baldwin is the gift that keeps on giving at NBC, and we’re excited to have him starring in Aaron Sorkin’s towering work as we expand our live theater imprint beyond musicals. No stranger to live television, Alec is the most multi-faceted actor in the world and his range is incomparable. He will put his own inimitable stamp on the role of Col. Jessup in a play that is still as surprising and relevant as ever, from one of the most gifted writers working today.”

Sorkin said:

“Alec is one of our greatest actors. 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 Jessup and I expect that Alec is  going to bust through TV screens and right into living rooms.”

Sorkin will write the teleplay adaption of his own play, which he wrote at age 26 as a stage production that premiered on Broadway in 1989 at the Music Box Theatre to critical acclaim. Three years later he adapted the play into a feature film that received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

A Few Good Men marks NBC’s first live production of a Broadway drama in more than 50 years since the network began reinvigorating live programming in 2013 with the hugely popular production of The Sound of Music Live!, starring Carrie Underwood. It was followed by musicals Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live! and Hairspray Live! as well as next season’s live production of Jesus Christ Superstar on Easter Sunday.

Set in 1986 and taking place in Washington, DC., and the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, A Few Good Men centers on newbie military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee, who comes up against the formidable Col. Jessup when he is asked to defend three Marines on trial for murder. Tom Hulce was nominated for a Tony for his portrayal as Kaffee on Broadway. The film adaption starred Tom Cruise as Lt. Kaffee and Jack Nicholson as Col. Jessup.

El Dorado Pictures’ Mallory Schwartz and Storyline Entertainment’s Mark Nicholson will also produce. The telecast will be produced by Universal Television in association with Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Television.

A Few Good Men will air in the second quarter of 2018.

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