Casting: Butler, Small, Crazy, Tunnel

The Butler
Jane Fonda has reportedly been linked to the role of Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels’ true story passion project “The Butler” about an African-American butler (played by Forest Whitaker) who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986.

Other actors currently circling roles include the likes of Liam Neeson as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Mila Kunis as Jackie Kennedy and Oprah Winfrey as the butler’s wife. [Source: Variety]

Small Time
Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: SVU”) has score the lead in former “24” showrunner Joel Surnow’s semi-autobiographical indie drama “Small Time”.

The story follows a used car salesman who’s still in love with his ex-wife and has a son who wants to skip college and enter the family business. Dean Norris and Devon Bostick also star. [Source: Variety]

Crazy U
New Line has acquired screen rights to Andrew Ferguson’s book “Crazy U” to be developed as a potential star vehicle for Will Ferrell.

The story details one father’s adventures trying to brave the cutthroat competition to get his son accepted into the perfect college. Ferrell, Kevin Misher, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum will produce. [Source: Deadline]

The Tunnel King
George Finn has been cast in Nika Agiashvili’s $2 million indie action thriller “The Tunnel King” for Paramyth which begins shooting this summer in Los Angeles.

Finn plays a lifelong criminal brought into the lifestyle by his dad, but when news comes of his father’s suicide, he’s forced to confront the realities of his own solitary life. [Source: Variety]