September 8th, 2010
05:02 PM ET
Before he was president, Ronald Reagan was an actor. Now, the former leader of the United States, who died in 2004 at age 93, will be back on the big screen in an upcoming biopic about his life.
The project - titled "Reagan" - chronicles the Illinois native's life from boyhood to Hollywood to the Oval Office, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The $30 million motion picture, which will be out next year, is based on two Paul Kengor biographies about America's 40th president: "The Crusader" and "God and Ronald Reagan."
The movie has yet to be cast (James Brolin played Reagan in a 2003 miniseries) but producer Mark Joseph and screenwriter Jonas McCord are both attached to the project. While McCord admitted that he wasn't a fan of Reagan, he said he was intrigued by his backstory.
"I was of the opinion that at best he was a bad actor and at worst a clown," explained McCord, adding that Reagan's childhood was "a surreal Norman Rockwell painting with his alcoholic Catholic father, devout Christian mother, Catholic brother and ever-changing boarders the family took in."
And that makes for a fascinating film, Joseph added.
"This is a great story," he told THR. "I'm just glad no one else in Hollywood thinks so, or they'd have made this film by now."
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