Bill Murray As FDR May Top My List of the 5 Most Inspired Casting Decisions In History
Currently, my Top Five Most-Inspired Castings Ever are Cate Blanchett as
Bob Dylan Jude, Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, Heath Ledger as the Joker, Bruce Campbell as Elvis, and Drew Barrymore as the first (okay, technically second) victim in Scream. But after watching the below trailer for Hyde Park on Hudson, I might have to seriously consider bumping one of those performances off my list. The movie re-teams Bill Murray and Olivia Williams (from Rushmore) as Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt, respectively, in the President's second term playing host to the King and Queen of England -- and meanwhile trying to hide his love affair with his cousin Daisy, played by Laura Linney. While the style most elicits The Razor's Edge from Murray's filmography, the performance seems to be something wholly new and nuanced, and not the easy schtick it could have been. Take a look:
Here's a full look at the poster, which seems to be suffering a bit from romantic-comedy-itis that doesn't seem quite as apparent in the trailer:
Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his wares can be purchased here and here (if you're into that sort of thing). He would have included Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, but after three movies it's pretty clear he's just playing himself.