Alec Baldwin, a two-time Emmy winner and Tony Award and Oscar nominee (currently a hit on NBC’s “SNL” portraying Donald Trump) has been cast as Col. Nathan Jessep in NBC’s upcoming live event “A Few Good Men”. The special live-show is 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 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.
Baldwin won two Emmys as well as three Golden Globes for his role as Jack Donaghy on NBC’s Emmy-winning comedy series “30 Rock,” co-starring Tina Fey. Nominated for 18 Emmys, 11 Golden Globes, a Tony (Best Actor in a Play for “A Streetcar Named Desire”) and an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor for “The Cooler”).
Set in 1986 and taking place in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. 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. Jessep when he is asked to defend three Marines on trial for murder. Tom Hulce (“Amadeus”) was nominated for a Tony for his portrayal of Kaffee on Broadway. The film adaptation starred Tom Cruise as Lt. Kaffee and Jack Nicholson as Col. Jessep.
“A Few Good Men” will air in the second quarter of 2018. A date will be announced soon.