Stage and screen star Alec Baldwin will headline the live telecast of A Few Good Men. The adaptation of Aaron Sorkin's 1989 play will air in the second quarter of 2018.
Emmy winner Baldwin is set to take on the role of Colonel Nathan Jessep—the role that earned Jack Nicholson an Oscar nomination for the 1992 film.
The 30 Rock favorite recently earned an Emmy nomination for his recurring performance as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. He earned a Tony nomination in 1992 for A Streetcar Named Desire and last appeared on Broadway in Lyle Kessler's Orphans.
This marks the second live production set for the network in the first half of next year; NBC will also air a live production of Jesus Christ Superstar on Easter Sunday. Bye Bye Birdie Live!, produced by and starring Jennifer Lopez, was initially slated to air in December, but has since been pushed back.
“Alec is one of our greatest actors,” Sorkin, who will adapt his script for the small screen, said in a statement. “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.”
NBC first announced the live A Few Good Men in November 2014, though the project had been placed on hold as the network waited on the availability of noteworthy names to headline the event.
This will be the first play (as opposed to musical) to be staged for the screen by the Peacock network. It marks the return of executive producers and live event gurus Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. A Few Good Men follows NBC's live broadcasts of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and Hairspray.