I’m not one of those who believes that it is wrong to cast an ideological opposite as a historical character – even a living one. Recent portrayals of Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin were artistically excellent despite the contrast between the two conservative women and the liberal actresses who played them. But this casting decision is a bridge too far in my book.
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.
Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan? A woman guilty of treason playing the wife of the greatest president of my lifetime? No way.