Sorkin casts actor to play talk-show host

Jeff Daniels is locked in for the lead role in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama pilot about a political talk-show host.

The actor was reported to be in negotiations for the part earlier in the month. The untitled drama–said to be inspired by firebrands like Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews–would be his first starring gig.

No other roles have been cast.

Daniels is represented by ICM.

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