Richard Dreyfuss is the latest actor to sign onto Oliver Stone's W, the controversial director's drama about the George W. Bush presidency. Dreyfuss is in final negotiations to play Vice-President to Josh Brolin's Dubya. Elizabeth Banks is playing the First Lady, Thandie Newton is portraying Condaleezza Rice, Jeffrey Wright will be Colin Powell and James Cromwell will play Bush Sr..
I'm psyched that Stone, one of my favorite filmmakers, is returning to presidential biopic territory, even though you know that his promise of a "fair, true portrait of the man" will probably have nothing to do with the final result. Their factual accuracy aside, his previous two films in the genre (JFK and Nixon) were superbly made and exceptionally entertaining. The plan is to release W in October, right before the election, and then put it out on DVD in January, just as Bush is handing over the baton to his successor.