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Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in ‘Newsflash’

Seth Rogen is set to play Walter Cronkite in David Gordon Green biopic about the JFK assassination

Logan Lerman is in talks to star alongside Seth Rogen in the news biopic “Newsflash,” representative for the project told TheWrap.

The “Percy Jackson” star is in line to play a young Dan Rather alongside Rogen’s Walter Cronkite as the movie follows CBS News’ coverage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, leading up to the famous moment when Cronkite announced the president’s death to a horrified nation.

In 1963, Rather, then 32, was making a transition from CBS’ Dallas affiliate to its new station in New Orleans, and was in Dallas to run a quick job when JFK was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. Rather’s unexpected involvement in the reporting of the story led to him grabbing the attention of CBS’ national offices, earning him a promotion to White House national correspondent and eventually the anchor position of “CBS Evening News”

Lerman, who most recent appeared in the indie mystery film “The Vanishing of Sidney Hall,” will next appear in the animated family biopic “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” playing an Army doughboy named Robert Conroy who adopts a Boston Terrier that becomes a hero during World War I. The film is set to be released this April.

“Newsflash” is being produced by former Warner Bros. production head Greg Silverman through his new company Stampede Ventures. David Gordon Green, director of the Boston Marathon bombing film “Stronger,” is attached to directed from a script by Ben Jacoby that has been included on this year’s BlackList.

Lerman is repped by WME, Brillstein and Hirsch Wallerstein.