Liam Neeson to Play a President, Just Not Abe Lincoln

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson has been waiting to get to work on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic which appears to be stalled. What’s an actor to do when he can’t get into the Oval Office on film? Sign up to play a different president. In this case Neeson will be taking on the role of Lyndon Johnson in Selma. It’s a very good fit.

Selma is the next film project for Precious director Lee Daniels. Set during the civil rights march in March of 1965 that brought a sharp focus on the civil rights movement, the film also stars Cedric the Entertainer as Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Lenny Kravitz as Andrew Young and Hugh Jackman as Sheriff Jim Clark.

The film will follow the events that led up to the march that concluded in Montgomery, the state capital and the aftermath of the event.

“Liam Neeson’s playing Johnson,” Daniels told MTV. “Wallace is not [cast], but [an offer is] out. We’re waiting for a deal to close.”

Which leads me to wonder who he’s offered the role of the unrepentant segregationist governor of Alabama. I think Neeson’s can make a great Lyndon Johnson. He certainly has the physical stature and there’s no denying he’s got the acting chops.  From God to President. An actor’s life is quite amazing.

Anyone have any thoughts about the film and Neeson as Lyndon Johnson?

Robin Ruinsky has been a writer since penning her autobiography in fourth grade. Along the way she's studied theater at Syracuse University, worked with Woody Allen starring most of the time on the cutting room floor. A segue into the punk rock scene followed but writing was always the main focus. She writes for various crafty, artsy magazines about people who make craftsy, artsy collectible things. But her first love is writing fiction and film criticism which some people think are the same thing.

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