As the world waits with bated breath for the first Reality TV President of the United States to take office, Nicolas Cage may be set to appear on screen as the first Hollywood Commander-in-Chief.
According to Page Six, the ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ Oscar-winner has been offered the role of Ronald Reagan in a biopic of the 40th President of the United States.
However, it is emphasised that this project is not the controversial comedy ‘Reagan’ that Will Ferrell was linked to earlier in 2016, which would reportedly have portrayed the actor-turned-politician suffering senile dementia, and tricked into thinking he’s playing the President in a movie.
Instead, this particular Reagan movie will reportedly “show the conservative president in a flattering light, infuriating the liberal Hollywood crowd.” Glad we’re clear on that, then.
President Ronald Reagan in 1986 (Photo: Dennis Cook/AP)
Beyond Cage’s potential involvement, however, details on the film are basically non-existent, with no word of any director, writer or producers, and Cage’s publicist only stating “it’s way too early in the development process” to make any definitive statements about the project.
Still, if this proves to be a major production it could be a shot in the arm for Cage, who has been mostly stuck in direct-to-DVD fare in the last few years after some high profile legal and financial difficulties.
Ronald Reagan started out in Hollywood as an actor in the 1930s. He became president of the Screen Actor’s Guild during the 1950s and later the Governor of California in 1966, before serving two terms as US President from 1981 to 1989. He died in 2004, aged 93.
Actors to have previously portrayed Reagan on film include Reginald Green in ‘The Iron Lady’ and the late Alan Rickman in ‘The Butler.’