The actor who will be playing legendary TV newsman Walter Cronkite may strike some readers as an odd choice. Deadline reports that Seth Rogen will play Cronkite in the feature film “Newsflash,” about how television covered the JFK assassination.
The drama will be directed by David Gordon Green and written by Ben Jacoby.
Rogen, of course, is best known for his comedic roles in films such as “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express.”
“Jacoby scripted a drama that revolves around Cronkite, his producer Don Hewitt, their boss Jim Aubrey, and Dan Rather, a young newsman who happened to be in Texas and who first distinguished himself as a dogged reporter as he and other journalists frantically dug for truth after reports went over the wire that gunfire rang out in vicinity of the president’s motorcade,” Mike Fleming Jr. writes in the Deadline report. “The filmmakers are drawing a strong cast — I’ve heard they are courting Mark Ruffalo for Hewitt, and Bryan Cranston for Aubrey — but right now Rogen and Green [as the film’s director] are the only ones committed.”