Michael Douglas, whose next onscreen role is to be Liberace for an HBO movie, is dipping back into the biographical well; he’s set to play the 40th president, Ronald Reagan, in the film Reykjavik. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Douglas’s role is to take place over the course of the Reykjavik talks between Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Let’s compare it with all of the upcoming presidential flicks! In its depiction of a discrete period of time, Reykjavik sounds more like this winter’s Hyde Park on Hudson (showing a summit between Bill Murray, as Franklin Roosevelt, and the British royals) than Lincoln (taking on the final period of the life of Honest Abe, as embodied by Daniel Day-Lewis). It sounds nothing like The Butler, next year’s historical freakout wherein John Cusack will play Richard Nixon, Robin Williams will play Dwight Eisenhower, Liev Schreiber will play Lyndon Johnson … et cetera.