Elizabeth Banks Cast as Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's Biopic?!
This definitely falls into the category of "are you kidding me?!" After originally casting Josh Brolin as George W. Bush in his biopic, Nixon director Oliver Stone has officially just added the charming Elizabeth Banks to his cast as First Lady Laura Bush. Titled just W., the film chronicles the life and presidency of George W. Bush with a screenplay written by Stone and Stanley Weiser (of Wall Street). Is it just me or are they really trying to glamourize the Bush family by casting these two rather impeccable actors that, really, don't even look in the slightest like the real-life people they're supposed to portray.
The film begins shooting in late April in Louisiana, which we predicted previously might mean that they're trying to push it into theaters by the election in November. Although Stone isn't the biggest George W. Bush supporter, his goal is not to create a biased film, but rather use seminal events in Bush's life to explain how he came to power. The structure will be similar to The Queen, a biopic from 2006 on Queen Elizabeth II. "People have turned my political ideas into a cliche, but that is superficial. I'm a dramatist who is interested in people, and I have empathy for Bush as a human being…"
For some reason I just can't grasp my head around this project. Maybe it's because I'm not that big of a Bush fan myself, but political opinion isn't important here. I just can't see people like Brolin and Banks taking on roles to portray such prominent political members that are literally twice their age. Banks is 34, Bush is 61. Is there any solid reasoning to this idea? Or are we just looking at a big mess of a biopic from the mind of Oliver Stone?