Douglas playing Reagan in Reykjavik
First Liberace and now Ronald Reagan, Michael Douglas isn't slowing down as he takes on another American President, although to be fair the first one was far from the reality or weight of this role.
Douglas is in discussions to play Ronald Reagan in the film Reykjavik which tells the story of the infamous meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in Iceland where the pair tried to reach an agreement over Nuclear weapons between Russia and America.
Mike Newell is currently in talks to direct the film according to The Hollywood Reporter, back in the past it was set to be directed Ridley Scott but he apparently passed on the film and Newell, director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Pushing Tin and Donnie Brasco, to name but a few, is keen to take up the rather hefty task.
When we last heard the news in May 2011 Scott was directing and Kevin Hood was writing the project, he previously wrote Becoming Jane, well the script remains unchanged since Hood's version but if a new director comes on board that could change. Scott remains as producer since his production company Scott Free is one of the companies behind the film.
Reykjavik tells the story of the meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, bringing together the leaders of the superpowers both looking for a way to pull back from the Nuclear arms race they were so locked into. It was a historic meeting and a momentous time, and there's no doubt that both leaders played an important role in world peace.
Equally this will be a historic film and similarly important role for Michael Douglas who, let's face it, really doesn't need a huge career boost considering all the films he is already famous for and yet here he is set to play two huge real life characters, huge for very different reasons.
It will be interesting to see what Mike Newell makes of Reykjavik and how this turns out, especially when you start to wonder who will play Gorbachev.