First Look At Alan Rickman And Jane Fonda As Ronald And Nancy Reagan In The Butler

From what we've seen of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln we know that at the very least Daniel Day-Lewis has become a honest-to-god doppelganger for the United States' 16th president. We don't know how many hours of makeup the Oscar winning actor went through or what kinds of processes were used, but Spielberg couldn't have cast the role better unless he built a time travel machine and went to go get the real guy back in 1865. But today we've learned that once Lincoln is out of theaters we will still be getting more presidential look-alikes on film in the year ahead, as Lee Daniels is hard at work on The Butler and Oprah Winfreyis Tweeting out pictures.

Earlier today the mogul took a picture of herself on set with Daniels, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda and revealed the look of Ronald Reagan and his wife in the new movie. And it couldn't look more fantastic. Rickman has the perfect Reagan hair (not to mention the squint) and Fonda is a dead-ringer for the former first lady. Check out the image below:

In addition to Rickman and Fonda, The Butler is filled with actors playing former presidents, from John Cusack as Richard Nixon, to Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower to James Mrsden as John F. Kennedy and Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson. If any of them look half as good as these two do then we should be in for a treat, visually anyway.

Based on a true story and written by Daniels and Danny Strong, The Butler tells the story of a White House butler (Forest Whitaker) who worked with eight presidents over the span of three decades. The film's huge ensemble cast also includes Alex Pettyfer, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Jesse Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, Melissa Leo, David Oyelowo and many more. The film is currently in production and is expected to be released at some point in 2013.

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