Robin Williams has signed on for the part of President Dwight Eisenhower in Lee Daniels’ film The Butler.
Robin Williams has signed on as the president of the United States in a movie about… well, not the president of the United States.
According to the Huffington Post, Williams has signed on for the part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the upcoming historic film The Butler.
“[The Butler] focuses on Eugene Allen, a White House staffer who served eight presidents during his life,” said the website.
The film is the creation of Lee Daniels, the director of such films as Precious and The Paperboy.
The Butler also has an all-star cast. Actor Forest Whitaker will play the main character Allen, with Oprah as his wife. John Cusack and Alan Rickman will also each play a POTUS, as Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, respectively. Jane Fonda will play Nancy Reagan.
The Internet Movie Database also has many other stars listed in the cast, such as Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Cuba Gooding Jr., Liam Neeson, Melissa Leo and Mariah Carey. However, none of these castings have been confirmed.
Williams and Whitaker are not strangers. The two actors also worked side by side in the 1987 film Good Morning Vietnam.
Williams started his career as a comedian, but has never shied away from all genres of movies.
“He’s also set to star in the indie comedy The Angriest Man In Brooklyn,” said the Huffington Post. “That film, which will shoot this summer, is about a man (Williams) who gets mistakenly told he has 90 minutes to live and goes on a contrite tour throughout Brooklyn to make amends for past misdeeds. Melissa Leo actually stars in that one, along with Mila Kunis and Peter Dinklage.”
This won’t be Williams’ first role as a president. In 2006 and 2009 he played President Theodore Roosevelt in Night at the Museum and its sequel.
The Butler is set to be released in 2013.