James Marsden to play John F Kennedy in 'The Butler'
Published Jul 21 2012, 20:15 BST | By Colin Daniels James Marsden
is to play John F Kennedy in a new movie, it has been reported.
The X Men
actor was cast as the former US president after Matthew McConaughey pulled out of the project.
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tells the story of White House butler Eugene Allen, who served eight American presidents over the course of three decades.
McConaughey reportedly felt he would struggle with Kennedy's Boston accent and refused the role.Forest Whitaker will play the title role, with Oprah Winfrey
starring as his wife. The all-star cast also includes Alan Rickman (Ronald Reagan), Jane Fonda (Nancy Reagan) and Robin Williams (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Alex Pettyfer
, Zac Efron, John Cusack and Cuba Gooding Jr have also been attached to the project.The Butler
, made by Precious
director Lee Daniels, starts filming later this month in New Orleans, Louisiana.