Saturday Night Live Casts Its Donald Trump
With less than a month to go before its 41st season premiere on Oct. 3, Saturday Night Live just announced which of its cast members would be playing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Taran Killam, who joined the long-running NBC sketch show in 2010, will grace viewers with his take on the Donald. According to CNN, his SNL co-star Kate McKinnon broke the news during the E! Network’s red carpet show ahead of the Emmys telecast on Sunday.
“It was confirmed today that Taran Killam is playing Donald Trump, which is amazing,” she said.
Deadline initially broke the news soon after McKinnon’s admission, and NBC subsequently confirmed the fact with the press.
McKinnon is the variety show’s designated Hillary Clinton impersonator, so the thought of her character finally being able to butt heads with Killam’s Trump sounds appealing. Especially since the latter has become one of SNL‘s best impersonator, a distinction he earned with his take on Matthew McConaughey last year.
Others were considered for the gig, but Killam won the title. Here’s to hoping it’s as good as (or better than) former SNL cast member-turned-announced Darrell Hammond version of Trump, which he pioneered during his time on the show.
Here’s a clip of Hammond in action with a young Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, via NBC:
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