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Nicolas Cage has had a...colorful Hollywood career. While he'll always be best remembered for classics like Raising Arizona and Face/Off, many of his projects in recent years haven't been nearly as well-received. Nevertheless, Cage has been striving on, with his 2016 projects including The Trust, Snowden, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, Dog Eat Dog and Army of One. Looking to the future, Cage may have an interesting opportunity in front of him, as he's supposedly been approached to play President Ronald Reagan.
Page Six is reporting that Nicolas Cage has been offered the lead role in a movie centered around the U.S. president who served in office from 1981 to 1989. However, the article also states that Cage is still deciding whether he wants to play Ronald Reagan, and his publicist declined to comment on the movie at all, stating that it's "way too early in the development process." Unlike the comedic Ronald Reagan project that Will Ferrell quickly bailed from earlier this year, which would have followed the Commander-in-Chief during his second term as he suffered from dementia, the movie Nicolas Cage is being sought for is said to "show the conservative president in a flattering light," indicating it will be a drama.
Nicolas Cage has taken a variety of roles over his more than three-decade-long acting career, from treasure hunter to superhero whose skull is on fire, but playing a U.S. president would be a first. Since no plot details were revealed about this Ronald Reagan movie, it's hard to tell whether the story would cover all of the man's life, from his acting career to his time as California governor to his service in the White House, or if Cage would only be playing him during a specific period of time. It is worth noting that in January 2015, it was reported that Wizards of Waverly Place star David Henrie was cast to play a younger Reagan in an indie biopic about the former president. That said, it's unclear whether the movie Cage has been approached for is the same biopic or something completely different.
If Nicolas Cage does board this movie, he would by no means be the first actor to play Ronald Reagan in live action. Some examples that immediately spring to mind include James Brolin in the TV miniseries The Reagans, Alan Rickman in The Butler and Bruce Campbell in the Fargo TV series (seen above). Still, since this would be the first movie centered primarily on the 40th president of the United States, Cage's portrayal (assuming he takes the role) would arguably receive the most attention.
We'll keep you posted on how this Ronald Reagan movie is progressing as more news comes in, but let us know what you think about Nicolas Cage possibly playing the former president in the comments below.