When you think about Oliver Stone directing a biopic of the Bush legacy called W., you just don’t see a good movie coming out of that equation do you? Well, perhaps we’re underestimating this film as the casting seems to get more and more interesting by the day. The role of Vice President Dick Cheney has been cast and stepping in alongside Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton, Ioan Gruffudd, Scott Glenn, Ellen Burstyn, James Cromwell, Jeffrey Wright, and Toby Jones is Richard Dreyfuss.
This was announced this morning by the Hollywood Reporter at Cannes. Every major position in the West Wing has now been officially filled, and I must say, that is one hell of an ensemble cast. The biggest thing (among many) that worries me is that this project is really moving fast as Stone is trying to finish it so it can be released during the upcoming election, followed by a DVD release in January in time for Bush’s departure. It seemed like only weeks ago before the project was announced and filming is set to begin this month in Shreveport, La. Dreyfuss has had some experience playing political figures in the past. He played a senator in the 1995 Michael Douglas vehicle The American President. He also played Alexander Haig in a made-for-TV movie about Ronald Reagan.