Aaron Sorkin to make directorial debut with adaptation of Andrew Young's John Edwards book

sorkin-the-politicianImage Credit: Will Ragozzino/Getty ImagesThis news should make everyone happy… except for maybe John Edwards. Aaron Sorkin, the man behind The American President, The West Wing, and A Few Good Men, will make his feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Andrew Young’s The Politician, an insider’s account of Edwards’s pursuit of the presidency and the scandal that brought him down. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin will also write and produce the film. “This is a first-hand account of an extraordinary story filled with motivations, decisions and consequences that would have lit Shakespeare up,” Sorkin told the trade. “There’s much more to Andrew’s book than what has been reported, and I’m grateful that he’s trusting me with it.” (Is there anything better than an inspired, fired-up Aaron Sorkin?)

There have been rumors since April that Sorkin — who’s having a great week with the reception to the trailer for The Social Network, which he also penned —  was interested in adapting the book for the big screen, at which point the Internet started pondering casting. Now that it’s an official go, let’s get serious: George Clooney? Dennis Quaid? Michael Sheen?

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  • paige

    Dennis Quaid would be a very good choice

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      • Linsay

        Clooney would love it. It would be his dream role and career pinnacle.

  • Kell

    Really, no mention of Tom Cruise? As a good-looking former golden boy who’s reputation was harmed by his action and has a lot more turmoil than the public originally guessed. Sign the guy up now. He’s probably going to want another shot at the Oscars.

    • Ceballos

      That’s really a potentially fascinating choice…not to mention that Cruise has a little bit of experience with Sorkin’s work (Sorkin wrote “A Few Good Men”).

  • marge

    Sean Hayes – the resemblance is remarkable.

    • Monty

      Didn’t you read (i can’t remember..? Was it the) NY Times a month ago? Sean Hayes isn’t believeable as a Heterosexual male, and audiences can’t identify with him because hes one of those gays!!!!!

      Kidding aside, he’s certainly not a bad choice, though i think Tom Cruise is actually the most interesting one suggested so far because I don’t really like him, and I would go see him in a movie where i GET to not like him as part of the fun.

    • mscisluv

      I agree that Sean Hayes certainly has the look. I can see Dennis Quaid in the part, but I agree with the poster above that Tom Cruise could actually get people to see this movie. Which is an interesting question: Does anyone want to see this??

  • Bill

    What about Rielle Hunter? Maybe Maggie Gyllenhal, I don’t know.

  • Mere

    I like Dennis Quaid- and what about Toni Collete to play Elizabeth?

  • Shane

    Dennis Quaid would be an awful choice. He was a poor man’s Travolta in the recent “A Special Relationship”. Just cause you look similar that does not mean you can capture the essence of the personality. Please, Aaron, no Quaid.
    Toni Collette would be okay as Elizabeth though nothing exciting.
    Aaron usually brings some insightful casting, I think he can do better than these suggestions, though of them all, at least Tom Cruise has the range and he has not really had a chance since Magnolia to sink his teeth into something that features his real ability. He was terrific in that film and of course excellent in Born on the 4th of July, so that might be a good choce.
    In any case, I worship Aaron so will look forward to anything he does.

  • Monty

    Bill Paxton maybe? He’s already got experience juggling multiple women in Big Love

  • Brando

    Sean Hayes. Done.

    • Suzanne

      Sean Hayes looks just like Edwards for sure, but he may not be a big enough name to carry the movie. Tom Cruise wouldn’t be bad, and I’d love to see him in a smarmy role. Dennis Quaid is too old.

  • Liz

    How about Mare Winningham as Elizabeth Edwards?

    • Suzanne

      Not bad. I think that part will be harder to cast. Cute, can play 40 to 50, but a little overweight. Sympathetic but not a pushover. Maura tierney, if she gained 25?

  • Rita Fay

    I think that Mel Gibson would be perfect to play John Edwards. Of course, I wouldn’t pay a penny to go and see a movie like this. He is nothing but trash in my opinion.

  • Linsay

    I love it but Swedishfriendfinder was better

  • lin

    Rob Lowe would be a good choice.

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