'Hyde Park on Hudson' Stars Bill Murray as FDR

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It’s been since November 4 that we had anything on Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson with Bill Murray as the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Michell’s film chronicles a weekend in 1939 when King George VI  became the first British Monarch to formally visit the U.S.  {King George VI was featured last year in The King's Speech, but here he's played not by Colin Firth, but by Samuel West (Howard’s End, Persuasion, Van Helsing)}, when Europe was already at war.  The main plot, however, revolves around FDR’s relationship with his cousin Margaret, called Daisy. Today we have some fantastic new images from Focus Features showcasing most of the important players.


The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley (Laura Linney), centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.

Roger Michell directed one of my very favorite movies, Persuasion with Ciaran Hinds, so I’m always curious about his films. He directed the very popular (but pedestrian) Notting Hill  as well as the underrated Changing Lanes with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson and the equally underestimated Morning Glory with Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford.  The rest of the cast here includes Olivia Williams as Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Wilson as Sara Delano Roosevelt and Olivia Coleman (Hot Fuzz, Tyrannosaur) as Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mum). Hyde Park on Hudson is scheduled for a December 7 release although as the Playlist points out, a prestigious release date such as that usually signals awards consideration, so some festival appearances will probably come first. I’m really looking forward to this.


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