A good choice?
Actress will portray former First Lady in Lee Daniels pic
the midst of recruiting an all-star ensemble for his long-gestating
passion project "The Butler," director Lee Daniels has tapped Jane Fonda
to play Nancy Reagan.
Based on a Washington Post report by Wil Haygood, pic follows Eugene
Allen, the White House butler whose career started with Harry Truman in
1952 and ended in 1986 with Ronald Reagan.
Forest Whitaker is closing a deal to play Allen, while Oprah
Winfrey remains in talks to play his wife. David Oyelowo is in
negotiations to play Allen's son, while Liam Neeson and John Cusack are
circling presidential supporting roles as Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard
Nixon, respectively. Fonda will appear in a handful of scenes as the
first lady of the United States.
Daniels, who is directing from a script he co-wrote with Danny
Strong, is in the process of finalizing financing for the pic, which has
no distributor onboard yet. Pamela Williams will produce through Laura
Ziskin Prods. along with Hilary Shor.
Though no cast deals are in place yet, producers are eyeing a summer start date.
Fonda, who was last seen opposite Lindsay Lohan in Garry
Marshall's "Georgia Rule," next stars in Bruce Beresford's "Peace, Love
and Misunderstanding," which IFC Films opens in limited release on June
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