Bill Pullman has been cast as Ralph Yarborough and Richard Jenkins will portray Sen. Richard Russell.
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 signed civil rights legislation banning racial discrimination in public facilities, the workplace and housing.
Jackie Kennedy was seated next to her husband when he was killed in a motorcade, dressed in a pink Chanel suit. After the president’s death, she refused to remove her blood-stained clothing and was wearing the suit while standing next to Johnson when he took the oath of office as President.
“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.
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Filming will begin in September in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C.
Allen’s credits include “Army Wives” and “The Carrie Diaries.” She is repped by Sweet 180 and Silver, Massetti, Szatmary. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.