Bill Murray to Play FDR?

4/03/2011 Posted by Admin

Bill Murray to Play FDR?

Movie News

By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto

It’s certainly not set in stone yet, but according to /Film, Bill Murray’s next big role might be none other than Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The actor may be playing the legendary President in “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” based on the radio play of the same name.

Damn. We were kind of hoping that “Ghostbusters 3” would finally happen.

Written by Richard Melson, the play tells the story of Roosevelt’s affair with a distant cousin at his home in New York State, as the King and Queen of England make an historic visit. Sounds like more of an intimate drama and less of a cinematic history lesson, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Set to direct the adaptation is Roger Mitchell, whose credits include “Changing Lanes” and “Notting Hill.” He’s a relatively unknown filmmaker, but this type of material could put him on the map if he handles it skillfully.

For Murray, it could score him the Oscar that we know he wants (whether he’ll admit it or not). He’s come a long way from his years as a sarcastic comedy actor—though we do hope he hasn’t fully left that side of himself behind—and if he can convincingly portray one of the most iconic figures in American history, you can be sure that a nomination will be in the cards.

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