Ronald Reagan Biopic Casts Disney Star as Lead (Exclusive)

David Henrie Ronald Reagan Split – H 2015
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David Henrie Ronald Reagan Split – H 2015

'Wizards of Waverly Place's' David Henrie is set to star as young Reagan in the indie, adapted by 'Space Cowboys' screenwriter Howard Klausner from two biographies.

This story first appeared in the Jan. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

A former Disney star will appear as a future U.S. president. Wizards of Waverly Place's David Henrie (ICM, Untitled, Jackoway Tyerman) will play Ronald Reagan as a young man in a new biopic. Reagan is told from the point of view of a KGB officer keeping tabs on Reagan since his days as an actor, SAG president and staunch anti-communist.

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The $25 million indie film, adapted by Space Cowboys' Howard Klausner from two biographies by Paul Kengor, is executive produced by Ralph Winter (X-Men, Fantastic Four) and produced by Mark Joseph (Tolkien & Lewis). No director or other castmembers have been set yet. Henrie tells THR, "It's a universal film with universal values and principles."