John Edwards Scandal: Next Stop, Silver Screen

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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has reportedly purchased the film rights to The Politician, a tell-all book written by Andrew Young, former aide to John Edwards. But who will play the man himself?

Sorkin, who’s known for creating TV shows like The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and also penned the script for the upcoming Facebook movie, will write, produce, and direct the film. He told the Hollywood Reporter, “This is a first-hand account of an extraordinary story filled with motivations, decisions and consequences that would have lit Shakespeare up.”

It’s clear the film will have its share of drama. But who should play the central character? Entertainment Weekly mentions Dennis Quaid, who’s a dead-ringer for the politician. When speaking to the National Press Club back in April, Quaid laughed off any casting speculation. But NewsFeed agrees with the Washington Post,  who think an inspired and daring choice would be Tom Cruise, who somewhat resembles Edwards and has seen his own share of media scrutiny. Cruise is due for a comeback, after all, and he’s got the acting chops to pull this part off.