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May 9, 2008 12:00 PM
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iW NEWS | Lionsgate To Release "W"

Lionsgate has announced that it has acquired all North American distribution rights to Oliver Stone's anticipated George W. Bush biopic, "W." Lionsgate will also distribute the film in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. "W" stars Josh Brolin as the current president, Elizabeth Banks as his wife Laura, James Cromwell and Ellen Burstyn as his parents and former first couple, Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld and Ioan Gruffud as Tony Blair. The film begins production on May 12, 2008 in Louisiana, and Lionsgate will released the film on October 17, 2008, just a few weeks before the presidential election. "The impact of George W. Bush's presidency will be felt for many years to come," said Oliver Stone in a statement." Despite a meteoric, almost illogical rise to power, and a tremendous influence on the world, we don't really know much about Mr. Bush beyond the controlled images we've been allowed to see on TV. This movie's taking a bold stab at looking behind that curtain. I'm real pleased that Lionsgate has the independence necessary to bring this provocative story to an American audience." [Peter Knegt]

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