Seth Rogen To Play Walter Cronkite In JFK Assassination Project | Film News
Seth Rogen‘s career, which initially seemed destined to only be front of camera roles in comedies, has emerged into something much more interesting, mixing the comedic and dramatic on both sides of the camera. He’s made another interesting career move, signing on to play legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite in the upcoming drama, Newsflash.
The film will reunite Rogen with Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green for the first time since that 2008 comedy.
However, there’s unlikely to be stoner antics in this one, as the film will take place on the day of President Kennedy’s assassination, reportedly in real time as Cronkite and his producer attempt to sift through chaotic rumours and unverified information in order to accurately report one of the biggest news stories in history.
The script has been written by Ben Jacoby, and reportedly production is coming together fast, with Mark Ruffalo and Bryan Cranston being courted for roles. The film looks set to be a timely view of the present through the prism of the past, in a modern world inundated with echo chambers and so-called “fake news” now a big part of news media.
Newsflash will look to continue the incredibly interesting career of director Green, who has vacillated between comedies (Your Highness) and dramas (All The Real Girls, Prince Avalanche) at will, while also directing the entire second season of the HBO series Vice Principals and getting ready to shoot the new, secretive Halloween film.
Green and Rogen are an intriguing duo to make this film, and it will be interesting to see what they pull off. With Rogen shooting a romantic comedy with Charlize Theron while also writing projects for himself, and Green involved in the new Halloween film though, it might be a while until we get a glimpse of what Newsflash has to offer.