Just because Jane Fonda is a politically active Democrat doesn't mean she can't portray someone from the opposite side.

According to Variety, the 74-year-old actress is set to play former First Lady Nancy Regan in the upcoming film "The Butler."

Directed by Lee Daniels ("Precious"), the film follows White House butler Eugene Allen and the 34 years he spent working at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Forest Whitaker is currently in talks to play Allen, with Oprah potentially playing his wife. Liam Neeson and John Cusack are being considered for the presidential roles of Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon, respectively.

As the Hollywood Reporter pointed out earlier this month, "[Eugene] Allen started at the White House as a 'pantry man' in 1952, when blacks weren't allowed to use public restrooms in his native Virginia. He ended up serving eight presidents and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was mad."

"The Butler" currently has no release date.

[via Variety]
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