Seth Rogen to play Walter Cronkite in JFK assassination drama 'Newsflash'

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 13, 2017

The movie chronicles how Cronkite became the most trusted newsman in the business.

The November 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, TX - one of the biggest stories of the 20 century - will serve as the historical backdrop for Newsflash, in which Rogen will portray Cronkite, confirms THR.

David Gordon Green is directing the drama from Ben Jacoby's script. Other characters include producer Don Hewitt, boss Jacob Aubrey, and young field reporter Dan Rather. Under pressure from William Paley to show profit, Aubrey felt CBS Evening News wasn't performing, and wasn't saucy enough.

Rogen has done dramatic roles before, most notably as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs.

Rogen comes into Newsflash off a role in buddy James Franco's acclaimed portrait of The Room director Tommy Wiseau, The Disaster Artist, and 2016 comedy sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, with upcoming roles in Franco's comedy Zeroville, comedy Like Father set for 2018, as well as comedy Flarsky - opposite Charlize Theron - set for 2019.

Rogen previously collaborated with Green on the 2008 comedy Pineapple Express and the 2015 political satire Our Brand Is Crisis. Now among the ensemble of the awards contender The Disaster Artist, Rogen adds the project to his slate of upcoming films, including James Franco's Hollywood dramedy Zeroville, Lauren Miller's romantic comedy Like Father, Jonathan Levine's comedy Flarsky and Jon Favreau's reimagining of The Lion King.

The plan reportedly is to have the movie ready for release by next November, the 55th anniversary of JFK's death.

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