Will Ferrell to play Ronald Reagan with dementia in political satire

Comedian Will Ferrell is set to star as Ronald Reagan in a political satire about a White House intern helping the president as he faces senility.

The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday that the “Anchorman” star, 48, will also produce “Reagan,” from a script by Mike Rosolio that appears on the industry’s 2015 Black List survey of film executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays. In a video on the Black List website, Jon Spaihts, co-screenwriter of “Prometheus” (2012) and the upcoming “Doctor Strange,” describes the script as, “When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a film.”

The trade magazine said Ferrell will produce “Reagan” through his company Gary Sanchez Productions. No director or other cast is yet attached. The Black List held a live reading of the script in March, featuring Nathan Fillion, Lena Dunham, James Brolin as Reagan and John Cho as the intern.

In related political-film news, National Security Counselor whistleblower Edward Snowden, 32, tweeted in response to Wednesday’s release of the first full trailer for director Oliver Stone’s biographical drama “Snowden,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley. “For two minutes and thirty nine seconds, everybody at NSA just stopped working,” he wrote. The trailer at Open Road Films’ YouTube page has been viewed more than 2.6 million times as of 10 a.m. Thursday. “Snowden” is scheduled for release Sept. 16. The first teaser trailer went online July 1.