Alec Baldwin has been cast as Col. Nathan Jessep in NBC’s upcoming live airing of A Few Good Men. The role was played by Jack Nicholson in the 1992 film.
Baldwin will join Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as executive producers. Aaron Sorkin is executive producing and will adapt the script for the live broadcast.
“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.
The play made it’s Broadway debut at the Music Box Theatre in 1989. Sorkin was only 26 when he wrote the play.
After doing a number of live musicals, this will be the first time that NBC broadcasts a play in more than 50 years . No air date has been announced but NBC will air it in the 2018’s second quarter.
A Few Good Men is set in 1986 and takes place in both Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee faces off against Col. Jessep. Stephen Lang was cast as Col. Jessup in 1989 while Tom Hulce earned a Tony nomination for portraying Kaffee. Tom Cruise was cast as Lt. Kaffee in the film.
El Dorado Pictures’ Mallory Schwartz and Storyline Entertainment’s Mark Nicholson will also produce the adaptation. Universal Television will produce in association with Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Television.