Alec Baldwin will be Saturday Night Live's new Donald Trump

Posted September 29, 2016

30 Rock Emmy victor - and vocal Democrat - Alec Baldwin is to play GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live this season.

Baldwin will debut his version of Trump in the season premiere and will play the part for the rest of the season, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.

For more than 40 years "Saturday Night Live" has been famous for its political impersonations, from Dana Carvey as George H.W. Bush, to Will Ferrell as his son George W. Bush, and now Emmy victor Kate McKinnon as current presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

The actor has hosted a record 16 times and has popped up in Studio 8H for cameos from time to time.

Before Baldwin, Trump was played by Darrell Hammond, who is also the show's announcer, as well as Taran Killam, who is not returning to the show this season.

Long before Trump became a reality show host and presidential candidate, his status as a figurehead of cartoonish New York City wealth was parodied in the early Nineties on the show by cast member Phil Hartman.

Baldwin isn't a newcomer to "SNL" by any means. But the election is less than a couple of months away, and political satire is SNL's bread and butter.

The show has had some success going with outside hires to play presidential candidates in election years; in 2008, SNL alum Tina Fey returned to the show to play former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, while Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David played Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders in sketches last season.

The show will be hosted by Margot Robbie, with The Weeknd appearing as musical guest.