Jane Fonda Becoming Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels' Film 'The Butler'
Much of the cast for Lee Daniels' follow-up to Precious has already been revealed with Forest Whitaker taking the titular role in The Butler and supporting players like Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Lima Neeson and John Cusack. Now, with a summer start date looming closer, the cast is still growing as Variety reports Jane Fonda has been lined up to play Nancy Reagan, wife to President Ronald Reagan. The casting is interesting considering Fonda's vocal opinions against war, not to mention her strong support of feminist ideals and values. However, apparently these casting deals are not official, so anything can happen.
The film follows the story of Eugene Allen, a servant in the White House who worked through eight presidents from Harry S. Truman to Ronald Reagan. The article follows his work from starting at the White House as a "pantry man" in 1952, when blacks weren't allowed to use public restrooms in his native Virginia through various historical events like the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, and the election of President Barack Obama. And with a cast like this, you can bet it will get the Academy's attention when the time comes.