Robin Williams To Play Another President Outside Confines of Magic Museum

July 19, 2012


It sounds like Robin Williams would like to again start getting the Oscar nods a decade of Old Dogs, RV, and License to Wed have so cruelly denied him.

Having already mastered the art of playing a hammy Teddy Roosevelt in two Night at the Museum films, Williams has signed on to now give President Dwight D. Eisenhower a try in The Butler. Precious's Lee Daniels is directing the film, which is based on a Washington Post article about Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served under eight U.S. Presidents during his thirty-year career. Forest Whitaker will play the servant, though he won't be doing it with an English accent or through a hilarious fat suit, so don't expect Williams to be too impressed.

Williams is also attached to star as apparently an angry Brooklynite in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, an inspirational-sounding comedy from Sneakers and Field of Dreams director Phil Alden Robinson. The film follows a doctor who misdiagnoses a crotchety old man with a conveniently-movie-length 90-minute window to live, sending her on a mission to track him down and the old man on a repentant, 11th-hour journey to make things right with all the people he's been pissy with. The eclectic cast includes Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, and James Earl Jones, because I'm pretty sure casting was done by Comic Con.

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