Damian Lewis (“Homeland,” “Billions”) is set to portray controversial former Toronto mayor Rob Ford in the film “Run This Town” which is currently shooting in that Canadian city.
Ford was mayor from 2010-2014 with a history of public intoxication, substance abuse and arguing publicly with his staff. He died in 2016 at the age of 46.
Kit Magazine broke the news, reporting Lewis was being fitted with a prosthetic to play the former mayor. Ben Platt, Nina Dobrev, Mena Massoud, Scott Speedman and Jennifer Ehle co-star.
The story unfolds against the backdrop of the last year of his mayoral term with Platt playing a reporter who attempts to expose a scandal involving a politician who doesn’t play by the rules. Dobrev and Massoud play Ford’s aides. The other characters in the movie are fictitious.