“The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin says he would want to cast Sterling K. Brown as the president in a reboot of the political drama — and the “This is Us” star says he’s game.
“Sterling K. Brown as the president, and there's some kind of jam, an emergency, a very delicate situation involving the threat of war or something,” Sorkin told The Hollywood Reporter this week, when asked what an updated version of the NBC series, which bowed in 2006, would look like. “And [President] Bartlet, long since retired, is consulted in the way that Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFederal judge changes his mind about stepping down, eliminating vacancy for Biden to fill Joe Biden's gamble with history Can America prevent a global warming cold war? MORE used to consult with Nixon.”
On Wednesday, Brown tweeted:
“Scandal” actor Joshua Malina, who played aide Will Bailey on “The West Wing,” also shared on Thursday what he said was a response from Sorkin:
I awoke to a request from Aaron, who does not tweet, asking me to pass along the following response:— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) November 30, 2017
“Dead serious and I’m honored by your interest. Now…an idea. I’m gonna need one of those. ”
Note: I added the smiley face. I've always wanted to rewrite Sorkin with emojis. https://t.co/zxyNJmWaxH
The Hollywood Reporter says Sorkin has a “standing offer” from NBC to reboot the show, which the TV pro “considers on occasion.” But he told the publication he gets stuck on how to bring back other beloved characters from the show into a reworked version.
Richard Schiff, who starred as White House communications director Toby Ziegler, weighed in, saying he might be able to help:
I’ve got the idea. And it’s a good one. https://t.co/44usvJ6cet— Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) November 30, 2017