Alec Baldwin to Star in NBC's 'A Few Good Men'

Alec Baldwin to Lead the Cast of NBC's Live A Few Good Men

Alec Baldwin to Lead the Cast of NBC's Live A Few Good Men

Alec Baldwin has been named to the cast of NBC's live telecast of "A Few Good Men", playing the role Jack Nicholson catapulted to movie legend with just one line: "You can't handle the truth!"

In the 1992 movie directed by Rob Reiner, Nicholson's character's name was spelled "Jessup", but NBC said Sorkin made a decision to retain the spelling from the Broadway production - "Jessep" - which is at least one indication this adaptation might more closely parallel the 1989 stage version than the movie.

"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 of NBC Entertainment.

Baldwin will also join Sorkin, 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.

Sorkin is writing the teleplay for NBC's live production, which is slated to air in the second quarter of 2018.

On the TV side, Baldwin has hosted NBC's iconic late-night franchise "Saturday Night Live" a record 17 times - more than any other host.

Baldwin is the first official casting news for NBC's production. Three years later, he adapted it into the feature film starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.

Baldwin earned two Emmy nominations last week, one for his portrayal as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. "Having him play this role - live onstage for a television audience - is a dream come true", Sorkin said. The upcoming TV season will see a live production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar on Easter Sunday.