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Casting Watch: Williams Lines Up Two Movies to Start in July and September

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 18, 2012 at 9:08PM

Robins Williams has signed on to shoot two back-to-back movies. First up, he plays president Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' next film, "The Butler," which is scheduled to begin filming later this month in New Orleans. Williams joins a sprawling ensemble including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave, John Cusack, and Jane Fonda.
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Robin Williams
Robin Williams

Robins Williams has signed on to shoot two back-to-back movies. First up, he plays president Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' next film, "The Butler," which is scheduled to begin filming later this month in New Orleans. Williams joins a sprawling ensemble including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave, Terrence Howard, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda and Colman Domingo.

Adapted by Danny Strong and Daniels from Wil Haygood's Washington Post article about the life of Eugene Allen, the movie charts a White House servant who worked for eight First Families over three decades. The film's producers are Daniels, Hilary Shor, Cassian Elwes and Pam Williams for Laura Ziskin Productions.

Next, Williams stars as “The Angriest Man In Brooklyn,” as an obnoxious patient who is mistakenly told by a stand-in doctor that he has 90 minutes to live. The medic tries to track him down after he goes on a speedy apologetic good-bye tour of his life. Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones also star.

Phil Alden Robinson directs the screenplay by Daniel Taplitz for a September New York start.  Landscape’s Bob Cooper and Tyler Mitchell are producing with Daniel J Walker, with Jean-Charles Levy as executive producer.

In the can are supporting roles in Arie Posin's indie comedy "The Look of Love," starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris, which is seeking a distributor, and "The Big Wedding," starring Robert De Niro and Amanda Seyfried (Lionsgate, October 26).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.