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Someone call Rich Little, a Ronald Reagan biopic is in the works

Sep. 8, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Though a 2003 miniseries about the life of Ronald Reagan, starring notorious democrat James Brolin, was dumped by CBS before it could air, Hollywood producers are once again trying to get the story of our 40th president off the ground. The film, REAGAN, was written by Jonas McCord (MALICE) and already has a independently financed budget of $30 million. While Ralph Winter (X-MEN) is producing, it's unclear if the film will tell of Reagan's time as a Captain America-style superhero (briefly glimpsed to the right).

So far no actors or directors are attached to the project but with almost everyone thinking they can do a good Reagan impression, expect producers to be casting from a wide pool. The film will add Reagan to the list of presidents - Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush to list just the ones that Oliver Stone has directed - who've had the biopic treatment.

So far the film is scheduled for a late-2011 release date but, as mentioned above, the obvious first step is casting Reagan. So who do you think would be able to pull it off?

Extra Tidbit: Ronald Reagan? The actor? Then who's vice-president, Jerry Lewis?
Source: THR

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5:13AM on 09/09/2010

Cast This

Michele Pfeiffer as Nancy.
Michele Pfeiffer as Nancy.
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5:12AM on 09/09/2010

Cast This

I always thought Michael Parks (Earl McGraw) could nail Reagan. Someone please give him a screen test.
I always thought Michael Parks (Earl McGraw) could nail Reagan. Someone please give him a screen test.
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6:55PM on 09/08/2010
Get Arnold Schwarzenegger for the role, he's been trying to play Reagan for the last few years anyway. ZING!
Get Arnold Schwarzenegger for the role, he's been trying to play Reagan for the last few years anyway. ZING!
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5:59PM on 09/08/2010

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The only actor I think could pull it off.
The only actor I think could pull it off.
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4:14PM on 09/08/2010
This could be interesting. The man was certainly divisive and interesting, though my folks pretty well hated the guy.

And why is Stone's "JFK" always referred to as a biopic? Unless it's a biopic of Jim Garrison.
This could be interesting. The man was certainly divisive and interesting, though my folks pretty well hated the guy.

And why is Stone's "JFK" always referred to as a biopic? Unless it's a biopic of Jim Garrison.
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1:47PM on 09/08/2010
"Finally a political biopic that isn't about the Kennedy's. I just hope hollywood doesnt put their usual left spin on this and try and crucify the man,"

Highly unlikely. The books being used as source material were written by an extremely conservative author, and Ralph Winter is a devout Christian (like the author of the aforementioned books).
"Finally a political biopic that isn't about the Kennedy's. I just hope hollywood doesnt put their usual left spin on this and try and crucify the man,"

Highly unlikely. The books being used as source material were written by an extremely conservative author, and Ralph Winter is a devout Christian (like the author of the aforementioned books).
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11:37AM on 09/08/2010
I like Oliver Stone's versions of events/lives of the few Presidents he's taken on thus far. Ronald Reagan? not sure there's much there I'd have interest in personally? No clue what actor would fit the bill here? Reagan's not that easy to do,in serious version.
I like Oliver Stone's versions of events/lives of the few Presidents he's taken on thus far. Ronald Reagan? not sure there's much there I'd have interest in personally? No clue what actor would fit the bill here? Reagan's not that easy to do,in serious version.
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12:00PM on 09/08/2010
I still have nightmares of Thandie Newton as Condoleeza Rice in W.
I still have nightmares of Thandie Newton as Condoleeza Rice in W.
10:49AM on 09/08/2010
Finally a political biopic that isn't about the Kennedy's. I just hope hollywood doesnt put their usual left spin on this and try and crucify the man, like they did with W, though he had it coming.
Finally a political biopic that isn't about the Kennedy's. I just hope hollywood doesnt put their usual left spin on this and try and crucify the man, like they did with W, though he had it coming.
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10:41AM on 09/08/2010
"I suppose Jane Wyman is the First Lady"

The only biopic of a pres i've enjoyed was Nixon. IDK if this would be interesting to anyone under the age of 40. I question it.
"I suppose Jane Wyman is the First Lady"

The only biopic of a pres i've enjoyed was Nixon. IDK if this would be interesting to anyone under the age of 40. I question it.
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10:18AM on 09/08/2010
It's probably too much to hope that this film will end with a 'Basterds'-like scene of John Hinckley Jr. repeatedly shooting Reagan in the face.

And then getting on a plane to Britain and doing the same to Thatcher.

Hmm, maybe they should keep that for the sequel.
It's probably too much to hope that this film will end with a 'Basterds'-like scene of John Hinckley Jr. repeatedly shooting Reagan in the face.

And then getting on a plane to Britain and doing the same to Thatcher.

Hmm, maybe they should keep that for the sequel.
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11:00AM on 09/08/2010
*YAWN* More mindless drivel from Mr. Pseudo-intellectual.
*YAWN* More mindless drivel from Mr. Pseudo-intellectual.
11:29AM on 09/08/2010
I'm with schwartzwhatever on this.

make this interesting. Reagan was a goof-and-a-half
I'm with schwartzwhatever on this.

make this interesting. Reagan was a goof-and-a-half
10:00AM on 09/08/2010
A lot of political bio pics bore me to tears, and that is even with the writers 'interpreting' the events to make it more interesting.
A lot of political bio pics bore me to tears, and that is even with the writers 'interpreting' the events to make it more interesting.
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