Jack Nicholson played the intimidating Col. Nathan Jessep in the 1992 military thriller, yelling the quotable threat from the stand at Tom Cruise in a memorable scene. No other actors have yet been cast for the production, which is scheduled to air in 2018.
"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."
Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the original screenplay based on his 1989 Broadway play, raves, "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 will also be writing the teleplay and co-producing the live event.