Comedic heavyweight Will Ferrell made possibly his biggest dent during his beloved run on ‘Saturday Night Live’ as an oafish satire of President George W. Bush in the early 2000’s, and now he is set to play another commander in chief, Ronald Reagan according to a report published yesterday by Variety. Ferrell will play Reagan as he enters his second term and begins battle dementia with an intern being the task of convincing the President that he is an actor who has been casted in the role of the POTUS. The script for this movie has been talked about for some time as it was featured on the Black List, an annual collection of the top unproduced scripts in Hollywood. Ferrell will also produce the movie under his Gary Sanchez Productions house.
UPDATE: On Friday, Variety followed up with news that Ferrell will not play the role of Ronald Reagan amid public criticism from the former President’s family and the American Alzheimer’s Association who were critical of the concept behind the potential film.
“The Alzheimer’s Association is appalled that anyone would plan to develop a film that satirizes an individual living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia,” said the group in a statement.
Check out Ferrell doing a classic sketch as ‘W’ goofing it up in the White House from 2002.