Robin Williams is set to begin production on two indie features in the coming months, including a turn as President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and the title character in Phil Alden Robinson’s “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.”
“The Butler,” based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House servant who worked for eight First Families, stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and David Oyelowo, as well as John Cusack, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. Danny Strong wrote the script with Daniels, based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about Allen. Daniels will produce with Hilary Shor, Cassian Elwes and Pam Williams of Laura Ziskin Prods.
Written by Daniel Taplitz, “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” finds Mila Kunis playing a stand-in doctor who mistakenly tells an obnoxious patient (Williams) that he has only 90 minutes to live. She desperately tries to locate the man after her prognosis sends him on a contrite tour of the city to right all the wrongs in his life.
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Peter Dinklage co-stars alongside Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones.
Landscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper and Tyler Mitchell are producing with Daniel J Walker, while Jean-Charles Levy serves as exec producer. Production is skedded to start in September in Brooklyn.
Williams, who won an Oscar for “Good Will Hunting,” hasn’t appeared on the bigscreen since the 2009 Disney comedy “Old Dogs,” though he did voice one of the main characters in animated pic “Happy Feet Two.” Thesp will soon be seen alongside Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon in Justin Zackham’s Lionsgate comedy “The Big Wedding.”
Williams is repped by WME and MBST Entertainment.