Actor Alec Baldwin is breaking into politics, in a way. The “30 Rock” veteran will play the mayor of New York in a new drama project for HBO, Deadline.com reports.
Baldwin will play a billionaire real estate developer who is also a divorced father and a philanthropist in the untitled project. Through an unexpected turn of events, his character suddenly becomes mayor of New York City.
Following a bidding war, HBO has secured the project and made a production commitment.
In addition to starring, Baldwin will executive produce along with Wells Tower, who is also writing, and Cary Brokaw.
The project comes from Universal TV and Baldwin’s El Dorado Pictures.
THR notes: “In a 2011 interview with The New York Times, Baldwin, an outspoken liberal, confirmed that he had plans to one day run for New York mayor himself. At that time, he suggested the hold-up on any political pursuits was his commitment to the NBC comedy [’30 Rock’] and his desire to be better educated about the office.”