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Nancy Reagan to be portrayed by… Jane Fonda?

By Doug Powers  •  March 27, 2012 01:00 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Because the cast of “Game Change” is still on vacay, in fairness to the producers of this movie, Jane Fonda was the only far-lefty with acting experience who was available for the part — but only because Sean Penn didn’t fit the dress.

From Variety:

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.

The movie is being written by Danny Strong, who wrote the film adapatation of Game Change — which means the scene that alleges John Hinckley, Jr. acted because he was negatively influenced by one of Sarah Palin’s high school social studies essays should be attributed to artistic license for the sake of story continuity.

In the Washington Post article on which the movie “Butler” is supposedly based, Eugene Allen, who passed away in 2010, had some nice things to say about the Reagans. I’m sure Fonda will make sure those are all accurately conveyed in the script before she formally accepts the part.

**Written by Doug Powers

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