From Variety via Politico, “Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan in movie.”
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.
This Daniels guy directed “Precious,” and produced “Monster’s Ball,” and, as this profile from the Liberal Death Star reflects, he’s got a serious case of Race-Obsession Syndrome. So, no surprise, that he wants to take a slap at Nancy Reagan by casting Hanoi Jane to play her in a movie. He’s an admirer of Barack Obama’s, and I think we all remember the unfortunate, gratuitous insult the One directed at the former first lady right after he was elected.
Many, including many supposedly in-the-know, inside the Beltway “experts,” don’t understand what is really behind Obama’s desperate, consuming passion for taking over the health care system. He considers it essential to complete the work begun by the civil rights movement. In this excellent article (H/T The American Thinker), SusanAnne Hiller connects those dots. Obama and his supporters view socialism and income redistribution, detested by Ronald Reagan, as essential to their project to “remake” America. So, Mr. Daniels can use this project to take a shot at the despised 40th president.
Almost as disturbing: Liam Neeson as LBJ and John Cusack as Nixon? Seriously?