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Release Date: October 17, 2008

June 6, 2008
Jesse Bradford joins Dubya biopic

Jesse Bradford will portray one of George W. Bush's (Josh Brolin) college buddies in Oliver Stone's W. The actor signed on to play Thatcher, president of Bush's fraternity. Production is already underway in Shreveport, La.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

May 23, 2008
Richard Dreyfuss claims to be a Dick Cheney lookalike

President Josh Brolin, meet your vice president: Richard Dreyfuss. The vet actor is in final talks to portray Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone's W, a film that takes a critical look at the Bush administration. Other actors already on board include Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, James Cromwell as George Sr., Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush and Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

April 8, 2008
Bush biographers not impressed with Stone script

Unsurprisingly, Bush biographers aren't impressed with the screenplay for W, director Oliver Stone's biopic on President George W. Bush's life and presidency. "It leaves you with the impression that the White House is run as a fraternity house with no reverence for hierarchy, the office itself or for the implications of policy," said Robert Draper, author of Dead Certain: The Presidency of George Bush, to The Hollywood Reporter. "Everybody calling everybody else nicknames and chatting about whether to go to war as if they were chatting about how to bet on a football game really misses the mark of how many White Houses, including this one, are run." The draft sent to the biographers is dated Oct. 17, 2007. Sources close to the film claim it has since gone through at least two drafts.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

April 5, 2008
Newton in talks to play Hollywood Condoleezza

Slowly but surely, Hollywood's Bush administration is coming together. Writer-director Oliver Stone said he wants Thandie Newton (Run Fatboy Run) and Ioan Gruffudd (Titanic) to portray Condoleezza Rice and British prime minister Tony Blair, respectively, in W, a biopic on President George W. Bush's life and presidency. Other cast members include James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Banks and Josh Brolin as W himself. Roles yet to be cast include Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Karl Rove
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

March 27, 2008
Stone casts George Sr., Barbara in George Jr. biopic

George W. Bush, meet your new parents. James Cromwell (HBO's Six Feet Under) and Ellen Burstyn (The Wicker Man) will play George Sr. and Barbara, respectively, in W, Oliver Stone's biopic on George W. Bush's life and presidency. The pair join Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Banks, who were previously announced as playing George Jr. and Laura. The film, expected to begin production in April, could be ready by the time November presidential elections role around.
Source: Variety

March 26, 2008
Banks to portray Laura Bush in presidential biopic

Elizabeth Banks (Zack and Miri Make a Porno) is in final negotiations to join Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men) in W, Oliver Stone's biopic on George W. Bush's life and presidency. If signed, Banks would play Laura Bush and wife to Brolin's Bush. Production begins in April in Shreveport, La.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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