Casting James Comey: From Vince Vaughn to Ben Affleck, Twitter has ideas

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 8, 2017 ousted FBI director James Comey listens during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump accused April 13, 2018 the FBI director he fired, James Comey, of leaking classified information, saying he should be prosecuted for lying to Congress under oath. In a new memoir due to hit the bookshelves Tuesday, Comey said Trump reminded him of a mafia boss who demanded absolute loyalty, saw the entire world against him and lied about everything. "James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired," Trump wrote in a Twitter tirade. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Former FBI director James Comey.

Now that reviews of former FBI director James Comey’s much-anticipated book are finally out and on your cable TV screen 24 hours a day, the armchair casting of a movie version of the real-life drama has begun. The idea of a big-screen adaptation isn’t so far-fetched - Comey is reportedly already mulling a Hollywood deal to secure the rights to his memoir, ‘‘A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,’’ which hits shelves on Tuesday.

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Vince Vaughn.

The big question? Who should play the guy President Donald Trump famously fired, of course. A few popular suggestions emerged on Twitter (and, lordy, we hope there are audition tapes!):

- Vince Vaughn

The ‘‘Wedding Crashers’’ star actually does bear a passing resemblance to Comey. Plus he’s tall, making him a top pick to play the 6-foot-8 former G-man.

- Armie Hammer


At 31, he’s a little young to play the 57-year-old. But he’s also tall, and some on social media pointed to his ‘‘experiences in political movies,’’ such as the 2011 film ‘‘J. Edgar,’’ in which he plays an FBI agent.

Actor Armie Hammer arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Armie Hammer.

- Kyle Chandler

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The guy best known for playing Coach Taylor on ‘‘Friday Night Lights’’ got some votes. He has played an FBI agent in ‘‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’’

Kyle Chandler arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Vanishing of Sidney Hall" at the ArcLight Hollywood on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Kyle Chandler.

- John Cusack

We know the ‘‘Say Anything’’ actor is a fan - during Comey’s congressional testimony last year, Cusack tweeted that ‘‘Comey (is) behaving how a president is supposed to behave.’’

- Ben Affleck

So long as he covers that unfortunate back tattoo, we could see the ‘‘Argo’’ star in the role. Plus, he has testified before Congress in real life, so that scene would be a snap.

Ben Affleck, a cast member in "Justice League," poses at the premiere of the film at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Ben Affleck.