Nancy Reagan To Be Portrayed in Movie by … Jane Fonda

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Wife of a beloved conservative icon portrayed by a communist sympathizer?

What could go wrong?

In 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.

If I had to guess I’d say Fonda is about 5-foot-8, about a half foot taller (at least) than Nancy Reagan. I guess making an accurate historical portrayal isn’t on the agenda.

Oh, and John Cusack as Nixon? Really?

8 Responses to “Nancy Reagan To Be Portrayed in Movie by … Jane Fonda”

  1. Bobby on 26/26/12 at 11:17 pm

    I’m looking forward to the Gloria Steinem biopic with Phyllis Schlafly tapped to play young Gloria, along with the stellar supporting cast of Janauary Jones playing Shirley Chisholm, Owen Wilson playing MLK, Jr., Michelle Duggar playing Hilary Clinton, and the surprise casting of Colin Farrell playing Anita Hill.