Ronald Reagan Biopic Starring Dennis Quaid, Jon Voight in Production
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
Dennis Quaid announced this week that Penelope Ann Miller will play the Nancy to his Ronald in the upcoming Ronald Regan biopic titled REAGAN, also starring Jon Voight. The movie is currently in production in Oklahoma.
“I really felt that I had an obligation being that she was quite the iconic figure and historical. I wanted to be true to her in every way, and I owed it to her legacy, to her family, to everyone who knows her, that I get it right,” Miller told the NBC crew.
“They were an incredible couple and an amazing president and first lady,” Miller said.
Quaid said that during his research to play the role of Reagan, the actor discovered the former president was full of humility.
“He was not a rich man,” Quaid said. “… He really lived the principles that he talked about for all of us.
“I think, ‘Man, where is Ronald Reagan today?’ We could really use that kind of decorum and that kind of spirit,” Quaid continued. “He taught us a lot as Americans and brought us back from a dark time.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, REAGAN looks at:
Reagan’s life through the eyes of a KGB agent, a fictional character, as he tracks the actor-turned-SAG president-turned-California governor-turned-President from anti-Communist crusader in Hollywood to leader of the free world. [Robert] Davi is playing Leonid Brezhnev, who ruled the Soviet Union through the 1960s and 1970s. Voight is playing the KGB agent.
Quaid also starred in SOUL SURFER and was nominated at the 2012 Movieguide® Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry for the Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance of 2011.
SOUL SURFER was also nominated for the Epiphany Prize® for Most Inspiring Movie.
Jonas McCord and Howard Klausner adapted the REAGAN script from books The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism and God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life, both written by conservative author Paul Kengor.
McCord directed THE BODY, which won the $25,000 John Templeton Foundation Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2001.