Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin to play Donald Trump this season

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Alec Baldwin's latest role makes 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy look like a Prius-driving, NPR-subscribing, Greenpeace-supporting leftie.

The 16-time (!) SNL host will play Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump throughout Saturday Night Live's upcoming 42nd season, TVLine has confirmed.

The late-night, sketch-comedy series made the news official Wednesday with a video (see above) posted to its social media accounts.

Former SNL cast member and current SNL announcer Darrell Hammond portrayed the GOP candidate for the series' 41st season; Hammond will continue as announcer and occasionally will appear in sketches, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Look for the long-running comedy to use Baldwin in a manner similar to how it used Larry David, who portrayed then-presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, last season.

Baldwin will make his debut as Trump in the season premiere, hosted by Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie, on Saturday (11:30/10:30c, NBC).

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Social Media: SNL 40th anniversary - Saturday Night Live
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Social Media: SNL 40th anniversary - Saturday Night Live
Happy 40 years to SNL! We'll glow in NBC peacock colors from 8-11:30pm tonight to celebrate. #SNL40 #LiveFromNewYork http://t.co/VRCyk5ftwQ
Martin Short doing Coke before the SNL 40th. http://t.co/GvSCzektZU
Look closely and you'll see David Dinkins sneaking into the SNL 40 pre-show http://t.co/EPOZO2AgBq
Are you all watching the 40 year Reunion of SNL. Did you all know I was roommates with John Belushi? Something else!
"#SNL has been the hippest, edgiest, most culturally provocative and important TV show for 40 years." "Yes! We should get Al Roker there!"
Night in watching some of the best comics in the world SNL 40 LIVE FROM NY #snl @livefromnewyorksnl #inspiration... http://t.co/R8pOtcfGHR
Finally getting to the red carpet coverage of SNL 40, and am gobsmacked at the elegance of a gum-chewing, pregnant Hilaria Baldwin.
I can't believe #SNL is turning 40! Now that the show is "over the hill," can they put it on at earlybird special time? 5 pm sound good?
As SNL turns 40, I sat down with @DanaCarvey to discuss the many political voices in his head. #MTP #SNL40 http://t.co/o4Krf0hNva
#SNL40 WE ARE NOT PREPARED! Who are you most excited to see?! http://t.co/7t0hYBdTrA
"Tonight is like a high school reunion -- a high school that is almost all white." --Steve Martin, acknowledging #SNL40's diversity problem
...and Steve @SteveMartinToGo immediately kills it because Steve Martin #SNL40.
The #SNL40 special is just mean tweet practice for the #Oscars next week
Will @SteveMartinToGo don his King Tut costume later? #SNL40 http://t.co/t630jskzwT
"Earlier tonight, when I was walking the red carpet that I have at home..." @SteveMartinToGo's monologue is vintage @SteveMartinToGo. #SNL40
I better see THIS lady on #SNL40 #verklempt #TalkAmongstYourselves #LikeButtah http://t.co/nVewUvXjoc
SNL 40 is really inspiring. I'm not a comedian at all but the comedians stories are awesome
Best open I've seen in a long time. Well done @jimmyfallon and @jtimberlake - you did 40 years of #snl proud.
The 40 year SNL reunion has the greatest array of talent I've seen on TV. Peyton is only sports guest.
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