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First Look: Josh Brolin as George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's W.

When I first heard that Josh Brolin was cast as George W. Bush in Oliver Stone‘s new film W., I was confused. Brolin is a great actor, but if I were to list 20 actors to play George W, his name wouldn’t have made that list, never mind even come into my mind. Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush was a little easier to see. But the cover for next week’s Entertainment Weekly mkes me wonder why he wasn’t #1 on my list.

Co-starring James Cromwell as George H. W. Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, and Rob Corddry as Ari Fleischer. Based on the life and presidency of George W. Bush, Stone has compared W. to The Queen and Nixon. The screenplay was written pre-strike by Stanley Weiser, who had co-wrote Wall Street with Stone. Weiser and Stone read 17 books as part of their research for the script. W. began filming late last month in Shreveport, Louisiana. The film is intended to be released for the presidential election in November 2008, or the Presidential inauguration in January 2009.

Entertainment Weekly has an extended look at the production.

Discuss: What do you think of Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Banks as George and Laura Bush?

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