Josh Brolin as George W. Bush

Well now this is interesting, isn’t it. As you can see above, the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly features a first look at actor Josh Brolin in full makeup as George W. Bush, a role he will play in Oliver Stone‘s upcoming biopic of the current President’s rise to power, simply titled W. At his side is his infinitely loyal first lady Laura Bush, played by Elizabeth Banks.

I don’t know about you, but something about this picture just doesn’t sit right with me. Sure, Brolin looks a lot more like W than I originally thought he would and Elizabeth Banks looks the part of the First Lady, but it still doesn’t look right. I can’t put my finger on exactly what bothers me about it, I just know that it doesn’t look right. I suppose that I won’t be completely sold on Brolin until we get to see him in action. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a fantastic actor — this is just such an interesting role for him that I am not willing to just sit back and say that he is the right guy.

Oli Stone’s controversial film will also star James Cromwell as George H.W. Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush and Rob Corddry as Ari Fleischer. The film, which began filming late last month in Shreveport, Louisiana, will chronicle the life and presidency of George W. Bush, including as we see from the EW cover, drunk driving, daddy issues and messages from God. And they said that Oliver Stone wouldn’t make a controversial movie…

W is scheduled to release sometime later this year, probably right around election time.

Photo courtesy of JustJared via Slashfilm

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