SORKIN WANTS CRUISE TO PLAY CHEATIN’ JOHN EDWARDS

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MISSION POSSIBLE DEPT.: Just close your eyes and imagine the movie poster: “TOM CRUISE IS JOHN EDWARDS…the slimiest Senator of them all!”

Heavyweight writer-producer AARON SORKIN – who wrote Tom’s smash-hit “A Few Good Men” – just opened dead-serious negotiations to snare My Favorite Alien for the screen version of “The Politician,” the sordid best-seller that chronicles how cheating Edwards sired a baby with videographer RIELLE HUNTER during his presidential campaign while wife ELIZABETH battled cancer.

“Aaron’s convinced Tom would make the perfect John Edwards,” said my source. “He not only looks the part, but Aaron believes he’s got the right stuff to turn in an Oscar-worthy performance.”

Stay tuned.

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