John Edwards Indicted; What Does It Mean for Sorkin’s ‘Politician’?

Will the writer integrate courtroom drama into his planned directorial debut?

Last Updated: June 5, 2011 @ 11:24 AM

Two decades after Aaron Sorkin's famous lawyer drama "A Few Good Men" scored at the box office, it looks the writer might be returning to the courtroom with his forthcoming John Edwards' biopic

The two-time presidential candidate — who Sorkin once supported — was indicted by a grand jury in North Carolina on Friday.

He faces charges that he violated campaign finance law during his 2008 presidential campaign and used that money to hide an extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter. 

Entitled "The Politician," Sorkin's film is an adaptation of campaign aide Andrew Young's memoir of his time spent at Edwards' side. 

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It now looks like Sorkin may have found the setting for another "you can't handle the truth" moment. Edwards pled "not guilty" at a federal court hearing on Friday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The man who inspired strong support from within the movie industry faces six counts — four centering on illegal payments, one involving conspiracy and one regarding false statements.

Sorkin gave $2,000 to Edwards' 2003 White House bid, according to public filings. The candidate's other entertainment industry supporters included Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Jackson Browne. 

Casting for Sorkin's drama has yet to be announced, but he could always go the full "A Few Good Men" and tap Tom Cruise to play the disgraced politician.

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