We’ve waited long enough for Lee Daniels to follow up the all-out success of Precious with a project more ambitious in scope. But we’ve waited even longer for Jane Fonda to don a blonde wig and conservative pantsuit. So in a stroke of sheer synchronicity, Daniels’ next project will apparently feature the outspoken liberal in the role of Nancy Reagan. The movie is called The Butler, and it’s a panoramic look at life in the White House through the eyes of Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), who worked in the Presidential residence mostly as a head butler, from 1952 to his retirement in 1986.
We’ll get to witness what the new season of Mad Men has only begun to touch upon—the turbulent political journey to achieving civil rights in the second half of the century. Daniels is reportedly lining up a star-studded cast to play America’s most towering political figures (Rumors have Oprah Winfrey being mentioned for the role of Allen’s wife), including the mouth-watering prospect of John Cusack as Richard Nixon (he’s already got the profuse sweating down), Liam Neeson as Lyndon Johnson, and even Mila Kunis as particularly shrieky Jackie Kennedy.