Bill Murray To Play Franklin Roosevelt In Hyde Park On the Hudson

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-03-29 21:43:39discussion comments
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When you think of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, what do you think of? His structuring of the New Deal to help our country out the Great Depression? His fireside chats, used to put the entire country at ease? His negotiations with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin to help end World War II? How about the time that he blew up a golf course to try and kill a gopher? Oh, wait. That was Bill Murray in Caddyshack. I guess I got confused because Murray's going to be playing the 32nd president in a new film.

Vulture reports that Murray has signed on to play FDR in Hyde Park On the Hudson, an adaptation of a British radio play. Directed by Roger Michell, the film is set in 1939 when the King and Queen came to America - the first time a reigning monarch had ever done so - but the focus will be on the affair between the president and his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley. Adapted by Richard Nelson, who also wrote the play, the film will go into production this July.

The article believes that this film will have "Murray in serious-actor mode," but I really hope it's not. There's a lot of humor that can be found in this situation and if played to the right pitch could be brilliant. It's also worth noting that the King at the time was George VI, so how about having Colin Firth come back and reprise his Oscar winning performance? Could be fantastic.
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