Jane Fonda to portray Nancy Reagan

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Academy Award-winning actor Jane Fonda will portray former first lady Nancy Reagan in a drama called “Butler.”

Variety reported that Fonda will appear in several scenes in the film as Reagan, while other actors still are in negotiations for key roles, including:

• Liam Neeson as Lyndon Johnson.

• John Cusack as Richard Nixon.

• Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, the White House butler who is central to the story.

The film is based on a Washington Post profile of Allen, who worked as the White House butler beginning in 1952, when Harry Truman was president, and continuing 24 years, into the Reagan presidency.

Variety said Mila Kunis might portray Jacqueline Kennedy and Hugh Jackman would star as JFK.

Lee Daniels is directing.

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