Liam Neeson to play LBJ in SELMA
One of my highly anticipated, yet increasingly unlikely, upcoming projects has got to be Stephen Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic. With Liam Neeson playing "The Great Emancipator," I feel like nothing could go wrong. Except, perhaps, how long it's taking to get made. Well, if you're in my camp and just need to see Neeson play a U.S. President on the silver screen, look no further.
It looks as though Liam Neeson has been cast as one of our departed Presidents once again, this time in the role of Lyndon Baines Johnson. More information, after the jump.
Lee Daniels, the Academy Award nominated director of PRECIOUS, is moving forward on his next project-- SELMA. Daniels is looking to make a film that chronicles the influential civil rights march that took place in Selma, AL. Neeson is one of the last actors to be cast, as MLK is already known to be played by David Oyelowo. Apparently, Daniels has offered the role of Alabama governor George Wallace to Robert DeNiro though we haven't received confirmation as to whether he'll play the part or pass on the action.
Call me a giant nerd, but I'm always down for a great historical film. Perhaps a mixture of my Political Science degree and my love of cinema, but I love when these sorts of events find a way to the big screen. As I owned up to being a nerd already, I'll confess that I often find myself passing the time by casting actors as some of my favorite Presidents. Considering LBJ is one of my favorite Presidents (best. ears. ever.), I'm surprised I never though of Liam Neeson to portray him. Consider this history geek on board!