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Michael Douglas to play Ronald Reagan

Michael Douglas in The Sentinel

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Douglas is to play actor-turned-Republican President Ronald Reagan in new indie drama Reykjavik.

The film will examine the few days in 1986 when Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met for talks in the Icelandic capital to iron out a peace agreement against the backdrop of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

An actor to play Gorbachev has yet to be found. But British director Mike Newell is in talks to possibly step behind the camera.

Douglas is, himself, an active Democratic fundraiser and is still in talks about the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but has all but signed on to play the iconic role.

Shooting is due to begin in March next year.

For Douglas, the role marks the latest in a string of high profile comeback roles since successfully battling cancer. He has recently completed the Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra for director Steven Soderbergh and has a lead role in the geriatric comedy Last Vegas.

Newell, meanwhile, is about to send his adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations into global cinemas.

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