Alec Baldwin will play Col. Nathan Jessep — the role made famous by Jack Nicholson — in NBC’s live production of A Few Good Men. He also will executive producer along with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
“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. “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.”
Baldwin is white-hot these days, with his viral impression of President Donald Trump juicing ratings for NBC’s Saturday Night Live this past season. He is up for an Emmy for the role and also is nommed for hosting ABC’s Match Game. He stars alongside Demi Moore in the Blind, which bowed Friday in theaters, and recently took over for the late Robert Osborne as host of The Essentials on TCM.
Airing in the second quarter of 2018, A Few Good Men will be NBC’s first live production of a Broadway drama in more than 50 years. The Peacock rejoined the live-production in 2013 with The Sound of Music Live!, followed by musicals Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live! and Hairspray Live! The upcoming TV season will see a live production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar on Easter Sunday.
Sorkin penned A Few Good Men at age 26 as a stage production that premiered on Broadway in 1989 at the Music Box Theatre. Three years later he adapted the play as a feature starring Tom Cruise that went on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.