Here are the actors playing notable SNL alums such as Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase and more in the new movie
Live from New York, it's the very first Saturday Night Live.
From director Jason Reitman, Sony Pictures has announced plans for a brand-new film titled SNL 1975, which will recount the behind-the-scenes happenings of the very first episode of the famous sketch comedy show.
With an original screenplay written by Reitman and Gil Kenan, based on an extensive series of interviews conducted by Reitman and Kenan with all the living cast members, writers and crew, the story will go inside one of the most famous pilots in TV history, per Deadline.
Recently, casting announcements have been trickling in, revealing which actors will be playing notable SNL alums such as Garrett Morris, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase and John Belushi (as well as SNL creator Lorne Michaels).
Ahead, see the SNL 1975 cast side by side with the real-life actors they'll be playing.
Gabriel LaBelle as Lorne Michaels
Gabriel LaBelle will portray SNL creator Lorne Michaels, who started his career as a writer and broadcaster, then made a big name for himself when he created the TV show NBC's Saturday Night, which later became known as Saturday Night Live. He was 30 years old at the time.
LaBelle is no stranger to playing famous creators as he previously starred as Sammy Fabelman in Steven Spielberg's semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans. The role, which he beat out 2,000 other contenders for, earned him critical acclaim including the Critics' Choice Movie Award for best young performer.
Dylan O'Brien as Dan Aykroyd
Dylan O'Brien is slated to play actor Dan Aykroyd, who starred on SNL from 1975 to 1979 and also served as a writer. During his time on the show, Aykroyd appeared in a number of notable sketches, including the Coneheads and the Blues Brothers, and received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
O'Brien got his big break playing Stiles Stilinski on the MTV series Teen Wolf, before gaining further prominence in the film industry for his starring role in the Maze Runner trilogy.
Cory Michael Smith as Chevy Chase
Cory Michael Smith will be playing SNL comedian Chevy Chase, who appeared on the show from 1975 to 1976 and served as a writer. During his time on the series, he was best known for his recurring "Weekend Update" segment, which quickly became a staple of the show. He also earned two Primetime Emmy Awards out of four nominations for his role.
Smith is best known for playing Edward Nygma/The Riddler on Fox's Gotham, and broke out in Broadway's Breakfast at Tiffany's opposite Emilia Clarke in 2013. Some of his other recent roles include Carol, Wonderstruck and May December.
Lamorne Morris as Garrett Morris
Lamorne Morris will be taking on the role of Garrett Morris, who was one of the original cast members of SNL from 1975 to 1980. During his time on the series, Morris became well-known for his characters such as Dominican Mets player Chico Esquela and a “Weekend Update” segment titled “News for the Hard of Hearing.”
Morris got his breakthrough as an actor for his starring role on New Girl, which ran from 2011 to 2018 and also starred Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield. Additionally, he starred on Hulu's comedy series Woke, on which he played a cartoonist.
Ella Hunt as Gilda Radner
Ella Hunt is playing late SNL cast member Gilda Radner, who died from ovarian cancer in 1989. Starring on the series from 1975 to 1980, Radner was known for her over-the-top characters such as Roseanne Roseannadanna (modeled after reporter Rose Ann Scamardella) and Baba Wawa (which parodied Barbara Walters). In 1978, Radner won an Emmy Award for her performance on the show.
Hunt is an English actress who first gained prominence for her role in Anna and the Apocalypse, which earned her a Scottish BAFTA nomination. Additionally, she is well known for playing Sue Gilbert in the Apple TV+ series Dickinson alongside Hailee Steinfeld.
Rachel Sennott as Rosie Shuster
Rachel Sennott is playing Rosie Shuster, who was married to Michaels from 1971 to 1980 and served as a writer of SNL. Shuster created memorable characters and sketches such as Killer Bees and the Todd and Lisa sketch.
Sennott is best known for her film roles in Shiva Baby, Bodies Bodies Bodies and most recently Bottoms, which she wrote and starred in alongside Ayo Edebiri. Additionally, she appeared on the HBO drama series The Idol with The Weeknd and Lily-Rose Depp.
Kim Matula as Jane Curtin
Kim Matula is playing Jane Curtin, who appeared on SNL from 1975 to 1980. During her time on the show, she often anchored the "Weekend Update" segment, paired with Dan Aykroyd from 1977 to 1978 and Bill Murray from 1978 to 1980.
Matula is well-known for playing Hope Logan on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful from 2010 to 2016, which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for outstanding younger actress in a drama series. In recent years, she has appeared on several hit TV series, including Impeachment: American Crime Story, The Sex Lives of College Girls and The Resident.
Cooper Hoffman as Dick Ebersol
Cooper Hoffman will be playing Dick Ebersol, who served as NBC's vice president of late-night programming at the time of SNL's creation. Ebersol worked closely with Michaels to develop the idea for the comedy sketch series and later served as an executive producer from 1981 to 1985.
Hoffman is the son of costume designer Mimi O'Donnell and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February 2014. Following in his father's acting footsteps, Hoffman made his film debut in 2021's Licorice Pizza, which was written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (who frequently collaborated with the late actor). The performance helped him gain critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe nomination for best actor – motion picture musical or comedy.
Emily Fairn as Laraine Newman
Emily Fairn is slated to portray Laraine Newman, who was part of the original SNL cast from 1975 to 1980. During her time on the series, she became known for creating characters like Connie Conehead, proto-Valley girl Sherry and Christie Christina. (Her daughter Hannah Einbinder has followed her into comedy as well!)
Fairn is an English actress who got her big break for her role on The Responder, a BBC One drama that stars Martin Freeman. Additionally, she has appeared on shows such as Rain Dogs and Black Mirror as well as the West End production of Brokeback Mountain alongside Lucas Hedges and Mike Faist.
Matt Wood as John Belushi
Matt Wood will be playing late SNL cast member John Belushi, who died in March 1982 from an accidental drug overdose. During his time on the show from 1975 to 1980, Belushi developed a number of notable SNL characters including Samurai Futaba, Henry Kissinger, Ludwig van Beethoven and Captain James T. Kirk. Additionally, he helped create the Blues Brothers alongside Aykroyd.
Wood is best known for his roles on the stage, including starring in the original Broadway cast of SpongeBob SquarePants and playing Augustus Gloop in the national tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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