He’s hosted “Saturday Night Live” a record-holding 16 times and now Alec Baldwin has been cast as the series’ newest Donald Trump for the season.
The native New Yorker will take the reigns from one-time cast member Darrell Hammond who played Trump last season and during his original run on “SNL”. Prior to Hammond’s return, castmember Taran Killam, whose contract was not picked up for season 42, also performed as Trump. Baldwin has a number of impressions under his belt, but this will mark the first time he will play Trump.
Baldwin’s arrangement will be similar to that of Larry David who played Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders over several episodes last season.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Baldwin’s casting decision was made over the summer by SNL producer Lorne Michaels. Baldwin officially signed on for the role last week and filmed his first promo for the upcoming season which premieres on October 1 on Global with host Margot Robbie and musical guest The Weeknd.