Might an Oscar finally be in Bill Murray's future?

Real-life roles often pave the road to an Academy Award and the actor has just agreed to play Franklin D. Roosevelt in the historical drama 'Hyde Park on Hudson.'

Based on a British radio play by Richard Nelson, the film takes place is 1939 when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to President Roosevelt's upstate New York home, called Hyde Park on Hudson. It was an eventful weekend, with the scandal of FDR's affair with his sixth cousin, Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, coming to light.

No one has been cast for the royal couple, but they'll have a hard time following in the footsteps of Colin Firth, who won Best Actor for his role as King George VI in 'The King's Speech,' and Helena Bonham Carter, who was nominated for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth.
'Notting Hill''s Roger Michell will direct, and Nelson has adapted his own play for the screen.

Murray has been courted for the role for nearly a year; seems getting a hold of the actor is time-consuming as he has no agent.

Actors who have portrayed the 32nd president include Kenneth Branagh, Edward Herrmann, Christopher Plummer, John Lithgow, Jason Robards and Ralph Bellamy in various TV productions; Jon Voight played FDR on the big screen in 'Pearl Harbor.'

Murray is currently filming 'Moonrise Kingdom,' which reteams him with 'Rushmore' director Wes Anderson.

[via Variety]
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