Will Ferrell to play Ronald Reagan in film

Los Angeles, April 28 (IANS) Having already famously portrayed former President George W. Bush in various comedy sketches, actor Will Ferrell is now all set to essay the character of former US President Ronald Reagan.

Sources say Ferrell is attached to star as the 40th US President in “Reagan”, reports variety.com.

Penned by Mike Rosolio, the story begins at the start of the ex-president’s second term when he falls into dementia and an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.

The script was so popular following its announcement on the Black List, an annual catalogue of the top unproduced scripts in Hollywood, that a live read was done in March starring actors Lena Dunham and John Cho.

Ferrell will produce along with production banner Gary Sanchez Productions. The package currently is without a director but will soon be shopped to studios.

Ferrell is no stranger to political humour having portrayed former President Bush several times over the years on “Saturday Night Live.” He would eventually take the impression to Broadway in the play “You’re Welcome America.”

He also starred in the political comedy “The Campaign” opposite Zach Galifianakis.



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