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‘The Newsroom’ Recruits Aaron Sorkin Alum for Secret Role

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Most fans know that Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin has a habit of bringing in alumni from his previous work as good luck charms for his next, be it Martin Sheen, Josh Malina or Bradley Whitford, but when HBO debuts Sorkin’s latest drama with ‘The Newsroom,’ which actor from his past will receive the honor?

According to an exclusive report from Entertainment Weekly, none other than ‘The Social Network’ star Jesse Eisenberg will make a brief appearance in the pilot episode of Aaron Sorkin’s new drama ‘The Newsroom!”  While the role will be strictly in a brief voice-over, Eisenberg will lend his voice to the show’s June 24 premiere as a “key news-maker.”  Could this be code for a reprisal of Eisenberg’s portrayal of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, or intended to be unspecific?

HBO will premiere Aaron Sorkin’s new journalism drama ‘The Newsroom’ on June 24, which is set at a fictional cable news network, and follow Jeff Daniels as anchor  Will McAvoy, Emily Mortimer as his new executive producer, his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski) as well as their boss (‘Law and Order’s Sam Waterston).

What do you think?  Should Eisenberg take a larger role in the series, or is this little gracing enough?  You can also check out the pilot script if you dare (as well as some early episode casting calls to flesh things out), and tell us if you’ll be there to watch ‘The Newsroom.’

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