Jane Fonda in Talks to Play Nancy Reagan in The Butler

Entertainment Mar. 28, 2012 AT 11:05AM
Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan in biopic Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan in biopic Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; Michael Grecco/Getty Images

Jane Fonda may be an outspoken Democrat, but the 74-year-old actress may just be changing her political tune for an upcoming big screen role.

Fonda -- who earned the nickname "Hanoi Jane" for her criticism of the Vietnam War -- is in talks to portray conservative former First Lady Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels' new film The Butler, CNN reports.

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Detailing the true-life tale of Eugene Allen, an African-American man who worked as a White House butler from 1952-1986, the upcoming project would feature Oscar winner Fonda as the wife of the 40th U.S. president, Ronald Reagan.

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Variety reports that Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker and Mila Kunis are also being courted to take part in the flick, which does not yet have a release date.

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Filming for The Butler is expected to begin this summer.

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