Russell, a powerful Georgia politician, took Johnson under his wing when he was elected to the senate, but ultimately faced off against him on the issue of civil rights.
Reiner will direct from a script by Joey Hartstone, which follows 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 the passage of civil rights legislation.
“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 and Julie May. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales and CAA is handling North America.
Filming will begin in September in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C.
Jenkins was recently nominated for an Emmy for lead actor in a limited series or movie for his role in HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge.” He was also nominated for the best actor Oscar in 2008 for Thomas McCarthy’s drama “The Visitor.”
Jenkins is repped by Gersh and manager Bill Treusch.