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Casting Call: Walter Cronkite

The film will follow Walter Cronkite when he traveled to Vietnam in 1968, after the Tet Offensive. Rattled by the depressing sights and facts he faced, Cronkite got home and let all of America know we wouldn't be winning the war on a now iconic broadcast, essentially changing an entire country's perception of the conflict. For the lead role we elect Kevin Spacey, based on the actor's remarkable intensity and his ability to perfectly impersonate others.

Cronkite's executive producer Ernest Leiser played a pivotal role in the Vietnam broadcast: he first urged the anchor to go over and see the war in person, and then went so far as to travel there with Cronkite himself. We'd love to see Mark Rylance as Leiser, reteaming with the Bridge of Spies crew and forming a great one-two punch alongside Spacey.

Behind every great man lies a great woman, so they say, and this biopic is certain to include Cronkite's wife, Mary Elizabeth. The two were married for well over 25 years by 1968, and watching any loved one go off to a warzone is nothing less than distressing. While Jodie Foster hasn't acted in a film since 2013's Elysium, spending her time directing features like Money Monster instead, she could do a tremendous job in this dramatic role.

President Lyndon B. Johnson allegedly said, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America," after the anchor's broadcast. Not much later, Johnson announced he would not be running for reelection. Such a sobering part is tailor made for Jeff Daniels, whose Southern drawl we're dying to hear.

General Creighton Abrams, leader of U.S. troops in Vietnam at the time, met with Cronkite during his trip. Inviting him to dinner, Abrams, of all people, confessed that the war was not going to be won. For the military man, we choose Adam Baldwin, an actor who specializes in military roles and who is most well known for his distinguished performance in Full Metal Jacket.

While Jane Fonda's true anti-Vietnam movement didn't start until after Cronkite's broadcast, there's certainly a way for a young, counterculture Fonda to be in the movie. Mackenzie Davis, whose star continues to keep rising, would fit the part well.