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Jane Fonda cast as Nancy Regan in 'The Butler'

Washington, Wed, 28 Mar 2012 ANI

Washington, Mar 28 (ANI): Jane Fonda is all set to essay the character of Nancy Regan, in Lee Daniel's historical drama 'The Butler'.

Fonda, whose outspoken criticism of the Vietnam War once earned the nickname "Hanoi Jane," will be playing the former first lady and wife to the late President Ronald Reagan, in the movie, that centers on Eugene Allen, a black man, who worked as a butler in the White House under eight presidents.

The 74-year-old joins a long list of big names cast in the film, including Forest Whitaker, as Allen.

Other names reportedly doing the rounds for the project include Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman and Liam Neeson.

The Academy Award winner's role will most likely be a supporting one, considering the films span over several decades, chronicling Allen's years in the White House from 1952 all the way up to 1986, when the Reagans inhabited the White House.

However, some critics have criticized the choice of zeroing in on Fonda in light of her controversial political past and outspoken comments.

Fonda is a self-proclaimed liberal and many of her political statements stand in stark contrast to the conservative ideals of Reagan's presidency.

During the Vietnam War in the 1970s, she called American politicians and military leaders "war criminals" and decried POWs as "hypocrites and liars."

She apologized in 2005. (ANI)

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