LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Fresh off his remarkable two Emmy Award nominations recently, Alec Baldwin, a two-time Emmy winner and Tony Award and Oscar nominee who has been on top of the cultural zeitgeist with his performance as President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” has been cast as Col. Nathan Jessep in NBC’s upcoming live “A Few Good Men,” from esteemed 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 of “A Few Good Men.” Zadan and Meron’s “Hairspray Live!” received seven Emmy nominations last week, including Outstanding Special Class Program.
“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,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “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. Jessep in a play that is still as surprising and relevant as ever, from one of the most gifted writers working today.”
“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 Jessep and I expect that Alec is going to bust through TV screens and right into living rooms,” Sorkin said. Sorkin will write the teleplay adaptation of “A Few Good Men,” which he penned 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 as a feature film that went on to receive 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. That 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.