Wallace Langham has joined the cast of Rob Reiner’s drama “LBJ” as Arthur Schlesinger, special assistant to President John F. Kennedy and adversary to Lyndon B. Johnson, Variety has learned exclusively.
“LBJ” has begun filming in New Orleans. The film, directed by Reiner from Joey Hartstone’s script, stars Woody Harrelson and follows Johnson’s political career from his days as Senate majority leader to his ascendancy to the presidency in the wake of Kennedy’s assassination, culminating in his decision not to seek re-election in 1968.
The cast includes Jeffrey Donovan as John F. Kennedy, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson, Michael Stahl-David as Bobby Kennedy, Richard Jenkins as Richard Russell, Bill Pullman as Ralph Yarborough and Kim Allen as Jackie Kennedy.
Schlesinger wrote “A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House,” which won the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. He actively supported the presidential campaign of Bobby Kennedy in 1968.
“LBJ” is being produced by Acacia Entertainment, Savvy Media Holdings, Castle Rock Entertainment and Star Thrower Entertainment. Matthew George is producing the film alongside Reiner, Liz Glotzer, Michael R. Williams, Tim White and Trevor White.
Langham recently appeared in the series finale of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in which he had played technician David Hodges since the series’ third season. He’s repped by Abrams Artists.