Bill Murray has been confirmed to play Franklin D. Roosevelt in historical drama ''Hyde Park on Hudson,'' which Focus Features International is unveiling to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next week.
Pic, which is based on a British radio play by Richard Nelson, is set in 1939 and follows the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to President Roosevelt's upstate New York home, called Springwoord, near Hyde Park on Hudson.
Over the course of the weekend visit, which took place the summer before World War II broke out, details of FDR's private life begin to unfold, including his affair with his distant cousin Daisy.
Roger Michell (''Notting Hill'') is on board to direct the story, which he also produces alongside Kevin Loader (''In the Loop'') and David Aukin.
I'm probably one of the few people on Earth who doesn't think Bill Murray is all that funny, yet really seems to enjoy him in dramatic roles.
Funny - I have the same opinion of Will Ferrell. Trailer for his new film looks pretty good.
As for the original post - I'm confused. It makes it sounds like it's been completed, but then at the end it sounds like it's just getting started. The concept/package is going to be sold to buyers?
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"Hey, I'm Eddie. How do you like me so far?" - Keen Eddie I've seen him. He's like fire, and ice, and rage. Like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time and sees the turn of the univrse.
UPDATE: I was slightly misinformed on Laura Linney. Am told by her camp she will play Daisy, the distant cousin of FDR (Bill Murray), whose affair with the president is revealed during the visit of the Royal Couple to the Roosevelt estate. I thought she wasn't a good physical match for Eleanor Roosevelt and there you go. They are still casting the First Lady.
EXCLUSIVE: We've known since late March that Bill Murray was likely to play Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the Roger Michell-directed Hyde Park on the Hudson. Now, I'm hearing that Laura Linney is making a deal to play his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt. What a cast to provide some high drama during a visit by King George VI to Hyde Park, the upstate New York home of the Roosevelt duo. The visit took place in 1939, as momentum toward WWII was building, and also as it was becoming clear that FDR was having an affair with his cousin Daisy. The Richard Nelson script will be a hot sales title next week for Focus Features at the Cannes Film Festival. Besides her acclaimed Showtime series The Big C, Linney will next be seen in The Details, starring with Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks in the Jacob Aaron Estes-directed film that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by The Weinstein Company. Linney is repped by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
It does kind of look like one of those films that you're never really excited to see, but feel compelled to during awards season. But, the trailer does have a tinge of Wes Anderson to it (or maybe it's just because it features two actors from Rushmore)... so I'd definitely see it! (marketing dept did their job)
I'm a Bill Murray fan and I like FDR, but the trailer makes the movie look so boring! I know I'll have to make my mind up on seeing it soon, as it won't play long. The awards buzz doesn't seem to be as strong for this as I initially anticipated.
Boring is the right word for this. Despite being a huge Bill Murray fan and a presidential history buff, this is just a dull slog of a movie for the most part. Murray isn't bad but doesn't convince for one second as FDR or that he's actually Preisdent and not some aging horndog. Laura Linney is awful and drags it down every scene she's in. The only scenes that actually interested me were those between FDR and the King... That would've been a better hook for the movie than the lame romance. Badly written and mostly poor casting... Blah.