We’ve seen Will Ferrell suit up as President Bush for many seasons on SNL and now he has his sights on to become Ronald Reagan. According to Variety, Will is being shopped around to take on a starring role as the United States’s 40th president.
Sources tell Variety Ferrell is attached to star as President Ronald Reagan in the Black List script “Reagan.” Penned by Mike Rosolio, the story begins at the start of the ex-president’s second term when he falls into dementia and an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie. Ferrell will produce along with production banner Gary Sanchez Productions. The package currently is without a director but will soon be shopped to studios. Ferrell is no stranger to political humor having portrayed former President Bush several times over the years on “Saturday Night Live.”
UPDATE: Turns out that after receiving criticism from Reagan’s family, Will has decided to back out. PageSix went on to report:
Will Ferrell has backed out of a comedy about Ronald Reagan’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease following outrage from the former president’s family. The 48-year-old comic confirmed Friday that while he had seen the script and considered signing on to star in and produce “Reagan,” he was no longer going ahead with the project. A spokesperson for Will said, “The REAGAN script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means a ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.