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Playwright/screenwriter Peter Morgan and actor Michael Sheen have teamed for two films featuring former British Prime Minister Tony Blair: The Deal and The Queen. Their third project together is The Special Relationship, which chronicles the working relationship between Blair and Bill Clinton in the late ’90s. The photo above is the first look at Dennis Quaid in costume as Clinton. It’s not as eerily convincing as Josh Brolin was as George W. Bush in W., but Quaid looks fine.

Morgan’s script is directed by Richard Loncraine (Richard III) with Helen McRory and Mark Bazeley reprising their roles from The Queen. Hope Davis appears as Hilary Clinton. [Dark Horizons]

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Excuse me if this story reads like little more than a really long list of future films but there are so many new movies on the BBC’s slate, and so many of them sound so good, that I want to give them all a quick shout out. There’s going to be something for everyone (well, nearly everyone) in this selection.

We’ll get the previously announced ones out of the way first. Peter Morgan is making his directorial debut with The Special Relationship, a sequel to The Deal and The Queen, both of which he scripted. This one will focus on Blair’s relationship with Bill Clinton. Michael Sheen will reprise his Blair turn, and Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore have been cast as the Clintons. May I suggest that if they are looking for a Monica Lewinski, Martine McCutcheon would be just perfect. Hilariously so.

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Dennis Quaid is Bill Clinton

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Dennis Quaid is set to play President Bill Clinton and Michael Sheen will reprise his role as British Prime Minister Tony Blair in HBO Film’s The Special Relationship. The movie tells the story of the “unique and sometimes turbulent political relationship between the newly installed PM and the U.S. president.”

Frost/Nixon playwright Peter Morgan will make his directorial debut based on a screenplay he also wrote. Sheen previously played Blair in The Queen and the television movie The Deal, both of which were also scripted by Morgan. Julianne Moore has also signed on to play Hillary Clinton.

Josh Brolin seemed like an extremely odd choice to play George W. Bush in Oliver Stone’s W., but ended up surprising everyone. Quaid seems like a more obvious casting choice for Clinton, but is that a good thing? People might not remember this but Quaid has played a President on the big screen before — in the 2006 comedy American Dreamz.

Discuss: Do you think that Dennis Quaid is a good choice to play Bill Clinton?

source: Variety

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