Liev Schreiber Will Play Lyndon B. Johnson in 'The Butler' Instead

July 24, 2012

Lyndon B. Johnson / Liev Schreiber

Since Taken badass Liam Neeson was once slated to take the role of Lyndon B. Johnson in Lee Daniels' civil rights film Selma (before the project fell apart), we weren't surprised to heard word that he might take the same presidential role in the filmmaker's replacement film The Butler. However, it sounds like that deal never came together as Deadline reports it will be Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) taking the role of Johnson in the film that boasts one of the most impressive ensemble casts ever, all with integral parts in telling the story of Eugene Allen, a White House servant who worked for eight of the First Families.

Robin Williams recently joined the cast as Dwight D. Eisenhower, but it's Forest Whitaker in the lead role joined by a whole slew of great talents like Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Melissa Leo, Minka Kelly, Alex Pettyfer, Jane Fonda, Mariah Carey (not surprising considering her shocking turn in Precious). In addition, James Marsden has been confirmed to play John F. Kennedy, after Matthew McConaughey was unable to take the role. Schreiber is another great addition, and personally, I find him to be one of the most underrated actors working today. This film sounds like it could be one hell of a drama, especially with a generation spanning story reminiscent of Forrest Gump. Sound good?

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