Hyde Park On Hudson, Starring Bill Murray As FDR, Gets A Release Date
One of the most fascinating casting choices of the last year came when it was announced that Bill Murray would be playing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the Roger Michell-directed drama Hyde Park on Hudson. The actor has only played real figures a couple of times, and those include his turn as drag queen Bunny Breckinridge in Ed Wood and the insane Hunter S. Thompson in Where The Buffalo Roam - neither character even remotely similar to our 32nd president. Murray did look great in the first image of him in character that was released late last year, but when will we have our chance to see what he looks like in motion.
According to Box Office Mojo, that day will come on December 7th, as it is being reported that will be the day that Hyde Park on Hudson arrives in theaters. The move drops the title into the same weekend as Tom Hooper's Les Miserables and has it positioned only a week before Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.
The film is set during a weekend in 1939 when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited the Roosevelt's estate in upstate New York. The situation was made complicated as the sitting president had to hide his affair with a distant cousin. Based on a script by Richard Nelson, the film co-stars Laura Linney (as the cousin), Olivia Williams (Eleanor Roosevelt), Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth) and Samuel West (King George VI).
Does anyone else find it kind of funny that there will be a new movie involving King George VI on the same weekend as Tom Hooper's newest project? The date choice does suggest that this project will be Focus Features' number one dog in the 2013 Oscar Race, as Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy was released on the same weekend last year and that film got three nods from the Academy. The question that remains is: are you going to go see Bill Murray as FDR?
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