Deadline is reporting that Focus Features is courting Bill Murray to play the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Roger Mitchell’s Hyde Park on the Hudson.
For days, I’ve heard that Focus has been approaching cast and basically telling them that Murray will do the picture. Focus has denied that to me several times. Perhaps Focus doesn’t want to jinx things because you never really know that you have Murray until he shows up to go to work, which is the reason Ghostbusters III has languished so long–you can’t prep a $150 million picture on a wing and a prayer.
More details at Deadline, including some talk on Murray’s continued reluctance to move forward on Ghostbusters III.