Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bill Murray to portray Franklin Roosevelt

In what might be the most unorthodox case of casting in some time, funnyman Bill Murray has been cast as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson.

Roger Michell (Morning Glory) will direct the film, which is adapted from the 2009 radio play of the same name by Richard Nelson, who also penned the screenplay adaptation. Production will reportedly begin in July.

"The project, set up at Focus Features and the UK's Film4, recounts the quasi-incestuous love affair between the president and his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley, and takes place on the June 1939 weekend that the British King and Queen visited Roosevelt at his upstate New York cottage, in the first-ever visit to America by a member of the United Kingdom monarchy," according to Vulture.

This means we'll have to wait that much longer for Ghostbusters 3, assuming of course that Murray's even gotten around to reading the script yet. 

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