May 22, 2008 / 4:55 PM / 10 years ago

Richard Dreyfuss in talks to play Cheney in "W"

CANNES, France (Hollywood Reporter) - Josh Brolin has a vice president.

Richard Dreyfuss takes the stage during a program honoring 2006 Mark Twain Prize recipient Neil Simon at the Kennedy Center in Washington, October 15, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Richard Dreyfuss could soon make the trip to Oliver Stone’s White House, entering final negotiations to play Vice President Dick Cheney in the provocateur director’s upcoming political drama “W.”

The role is the last major position in the Bush administration to be filled; the West Wing is already occupied by the likes of Brolin (President Bush) Thandie Newton (Condoleezza Rice) and Elizabeth Banks (Laura Bush).

It would not be the first political role for the 60-year-old Dreyfuss, who won the Oscar for playing a struggling off-Broadway actor in “The Goodbye Girl.”

He starred as an opposition senator to Michael Douglas’ commander in chief in 1995’s “The American President,” as Alexander Haig in a television movie about Ronald Reagan and played the president of a banana republic in the 1980s comedy “Moon Over Parador.”

The QED-produced “W” begins shooting this month in Shreveport, Louisiana.

QED has been selling overseas distribution rights at Cannes’ Marche du Film, with the idea that the movie will be released in October, before Americans elect a new president.

The independent studio Lionsgate already has a deal to release the movie in North America, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. A DVD release will follow in January timed to Bush leaving office.

The Screen Actors Guild has granted a special waiver to the film’s producers, allowing union actors to continue to work on the film in the event that contract talks with the studios lead to a strike.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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