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Condoleezza Rice and Tony Blair Cast in "W"

Posted: April 7th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Condoleezza Rice and Tony Blair Cast in "W"Submit Comment
Oliver Stone has found the actress to play Condoleezza Rice in his upcoming "W," with Thandie Newton (Mission Impossible: II) in final negotiations to star as the National Security Advisor-turned-Secretary of State. Meanwhile, Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) is in final talks to play former British prime minister Tony Blair.

Rice and Blair are the first non-Bush roles to be cast; Josh Brolin, James Cromwell, Elizabeth Banks and Ellen Burstyn had previously been cast as George W., George Sr., Laura and Barbara Bush, respectively. Among the key "W" roles yet to be cast are those of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Karl Rove.

Also notable is the fact that Newton, who was born in Zambia and raised in England, is a Brit, making her the first non-American to be cast for a role in the U.S. administration. Gruffudd is also a Brit and is of course playing a Brit.

Stone's "W" is expected to start shooting shortly and will look at Bush's formative years and path to the president as well as his life inside the White House.

As one of the few cabinet members to serve during both Bush terms, Rice's role in the Bush White House is seen as pivotal. According to those who've read the "W" script, Rice is said to be in a key first scene as well as a number of scenes connected to the Iraq war. Blair also appears in Iraq-related scenes.

Stone has said he wants to draw a fair-minded portrait of the polarizing figure. Sources familiar with the script say Bush is depicted as an easily distracted figure predisposed to personal agendas, though they say the script occasionally shows a more sympathetic side.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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