Chris Pine signs on to play Richard Nixon's lawyer John Dean in new Amazon Studios biopic

Chris Pine is at the center of Amazon Studios' new biopic, following the political career of a key Watergate figure.

The 38 year old actor has signed on to play John Dean, Richard Nixon's White House counsel during the Watergate Scandal, in a new Amazon Studios movie, according to Variety

Amazon has bought the project in development from producer Bob Cooper through his Landscape Entertainment company and screenwriter Billy Ray and his Home Run Productions company.

Biopic: Chris Pine is at the center of Amazon Studios' new biopic, following the political career of a key Watergate figure

Biopic: Chris Pine is at the center of Amazon Studios' new biopic, following the political career of a key Watergate figure

Dean himself, who turns 81 in October, will serve as an executive producer on the project with his manager Rick Berg.

Evan Parter, who has appeared on the annual Black List of Hollywood's most-liked unproduced screenplays in 2013 and 2016, is attached to write the script.

Dean served as White House Counsel for Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973 at the height of the Watergate scandal.

New role: Dean himself, who turns 81 in October, will serve as an executive producer on the project with his manager Rick Berg

New role: Dean himself, who turns 81 in October, will serve as an executive producer on the project with his manager Rick Berg

Dean became known as the 'connoisseur of cover-ups' in the press who became one of the most important whistleblowers that implicated Nixon in the Watergate cover-up.

In exchange for his testimony, he was sentenced to serve just four months on house arrest while pleading guilty to obstruction of justice.

Dean would go on to write two memoirs about his experiences working with Nixon, Blind Ambition, published in 1976 and Lost Honor, published in 1982.

Whistleblower: Dean (above) became known as the 'connoisseur of cover-ups' in the press who became one of the most important whistleblowers that implicated Nixon in the Watergate cover-up

Whistleblower: Dean (above) became known as the 'connoisseur of cover-ups' in the press who became one of the most important whistleblowers that implicated Nixon in the Watergate cover-up

Obstruction: In exchange for his testimony, he was sentenced to serve just four months on house arrest while pleading guilty to obstruction of justice

Obstruction: In exchange for his testimony, he was sentenced to serve just four months on house arrest while pleading guilty to obstruction of justice

Blind Ambition was adapted into a four-episode mini-series in 1979, with Martin Sheen playing Dean and Rip Torn portraying President Nixon.

After Watergate, he worked as an investment banker, retiring in 2000 to focus on his work as an author and lecturer.

He has most recently made headlines for being critical of President Trump's administration and the Republican party as a whole. 

Critical: He has most recently made headlines for being critical of President Trump's administration and the Republican party as a whole

Critical: He has most recently made headlines for being critical of President Trump's administration and the Republican party as a whole

Pine was recently cast in another biopic entitled Newsflash, where he will portray iconic newsman Walter Kronkite during his iconic broadcast when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

He is coming off the TNT mini-series I Am The Night, which debuted in January, and he'll return as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman 1984, a sequel to the 2017 hit Wonder Woman. 

The actor is also attached to star in Violence of Action and All the Old Knives, starring alongside Michelle Williams.

Coming soon: Pine was recently cast in another biopic entitled Newsflash, where he will portray iconic newsman Walter Kronkite during his iconic broadcast when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963; pictured on June 9, 2019 in Hollywood, CA

Coming soon: Pine was recently cast in another biopic entitled Newsflash, where he will portray iconic newsman Walter Kronkite during his iconic broadcast when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963; pictured on June 9, 2019 in Hollywood, CA

Author and lecturer: After Watergate, he worked as an investment banker, retiring in 2000 to focus on his work as an author and lecturer

Author and lecturer: After Watergate, he worked as an investment banker, retiring in 2000 to focus on his work as an author and lecturer

 

Chris Pine signs on to play Richard Nixon's lawyer John Dean in new Amazon Studios biopic

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