Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels is nearing a deal to star in Aaron Sorkin's HBO pilot set at a cable news show, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Daniels, 56, would play Will McCallister, the host of his own cable news show. The project goes behind the scenes of the show, following him, his female executive producer and staff.

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According to THR, Sorkin spent time researching the project at Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews' MSNBC shows. This is the Oscar-winning screenwriters' first cable TV project. He previously created ABC's Sports Night and NBC's The West Wing and Studio 60.

Daniels, who received a Tony nomination in 2009 for God of Carnage, has starred in Speed, Dumb and Dumber and The Squid and the Whale. This would be his first regular series role.