The writer of the upcoming movie, “The Butler,” in which Jane Fonda has been cast to play the role of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, has a track record of bashing the GOP on film.
Lee Daniels, who directed the Academy Award winning film “Precious,” is co-writing the upcoming project with Danny Strong.
Strong is the writer who adapted HBO’s “Game Change” from the book of the same title. The movie was sharply criticized by John McCain, Sarah Palin and other prominent conservatives as having distorted facts and depicted Palin in a highly negative light.
Strong is also the writer of HBO’s “Recount,” which is a film about the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election. ABC newscaster Jake Tapper was quoted by the Washington Post as having said that the 2008 made-for-TV film “tilts to the left because it’s generally told from the point of view of the Democrats.”
In light of Strong’s track record, there may be some significance in the way characters are depicted in “The Butler” movie.
According to Variety, Fonda will make a string of cameo appearances in “The Butler,” which tells the story of White House service worker Eugene Allen, who over the course of more than three decades worked for eight U.S. presidents.
Additional actors who are being discussed for roles in the film include Forest Whitaker in the lead, Oprah Winfrey as the butler’s wife, Liam Neeson as former President Lyndon Johnson, and John Cusack as former President Richard Nixon.
Fonda’s liberal activism runs contrary to the policies and ideology embodied in the Reagan legacy, particularly in her famed denunciation of the Vietnam War and the photo-op in which she sat with the enemy.