Dreyfuss upped to vice president

Actor is in final negotiations to play Cheney in Stone's upcoming 'W'

Josh Brolin has a vice president. mRichard Dreyfuss could soon make the trip to Oliver Stone's White House, entering final negotiations to play Dick Cheney in the director's upcoming "W."

The role is the last major position in the George W. Bush administration to be filled; the West Wing already is occupied by the likes of Brolin (President Bush), Thandie Newton (Condoleezza Rice) and Elizabeth Banks (Laura Bush).

Dreyfuss has never played a U.S. leader on the big screen but has had a few related roles. He starred as an opposition senator to Michael Douglas' commander in chief in 1995's "The American President" and played the president of a banana republic in the 1988 comedy "Moon Over Parador."

The QED-produced "W," which has been granted a waiver by SAG, begins shooting this month in Shreveport, La.

QED has been selling territorial rights at Cannes' Marche du Film with the idea that the movie will be released in October, before Americans elect a new president.

A DVD release will follow in January timed to Bush leaving office. (partialdiff)