She joins a cast that includes Michael Stahl-David as Bobby Kennedy, Richard Jenkins as Richard Russell, Bill Pullman as Ralph Yarborough and Kim Allen as Jackie Kennedy.
Reiner will direct from a script by Joey Hartstone, which follows Lyndon Baines Johnson’s ascension from the poor hill country of West Texas to the corridors of power in Washington. He was thrust into the presidency by the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy and signed civil rights legislation banning racial discrimination in public facilities, the workplace and housing.
Lady Bird Johnson was born as Claudia Alta Taylor and married Lyndon B. Johnson in 1934. She took an expanded role in the 1960 campaign due to Jackie Kennedy’s pregnancy and was by his side in Dallas in 1963 when he was sworn in.
“LBJ” is produced by Acacia Entertainment, Savvy Media Holdings, Castle Rock Entertainment and Star Thrower Entertainment. Producers are Reiner, Matthew George, Liz Glotzer, Michael R. Williams, Tim White and Trevor White.
Executive producers include Martin Shafer, Elizabeth A. Bell, Danny Roth, Damiano Tucci, Michael Tadross Jr., Chris Conover, Alan Mandelbaum and Julie May. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales and CAA is handling North America.
Filming will begin soon in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C.
Leigh’s credits include “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Backdraft”, “Single White Female” and “Margot at the Wedding.” Upcoming films include Charlie Kaufman’s “Anomalisa” and Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.”