newsflash

Chris Pine is going to slap on some thick-framed glasses and grow himself a mustache to play noted sex symbol Walter Cronkite in Newsflash, which focuses on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Rather than push another JFK conspiracy theory, Newsflash chronicles Kennedy’s death through the lens of how it was covered by the TV news. Cronkite’s noticeable attempt to fight back tears when announcing Kennedy’s death live on air became a powerful image that still resonates to this day, and his coverage of the assassination made him one of the most trusted newsmen in America.

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Seth Rogen as Walter Cronkite

Seth Rogen joining a David Gordon Green movie is not surprising news – they previously collaborated on the very funny stoner comedy Pineapple Express. David Gordon Green making a movie about legendary newsman Walter Cronkite and CBS News on the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination is not surprising news – he is a versatile filmmaker who has floated between genres with ease. What is surprising news is that this film, titled Newsflash, will see Green directing Seth Rogen as Walter Cronkite. There’s no getting around it: that’s just downright wacky casting.

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