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Electric Entertainment Acquires ‘LBJ’ Biopic Starring Woody Harrelson

May 3, 2017

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Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment announced that they have acquired the domestic distribution rights to director Rob Reiner’s LBJ, the upcoming biopic starring Woody Harrelson in the title role.

Harrelson plays the 36th President and is joined alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan and Michael Stahl-David. Reiner directs from a script by Joey Harstone. Reiner also produces alongside Matthew George, Liz Glotzer, Trevor White and Tim White.

Dean Devlin, Electric’s CEO said:

“This is exactly the kind of film that Electric’s domestic division was created for, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with Rob Reiner and Woody Harrelson as we bring this engrossing and timely picture to North American audiences.

Matthew George said:

“Rob Reiner is one of the great American directors; together with Woody Harrelson’s mesmerizing performance, they have created an incredible portrait of the 36th President. We are very excited to be working with Dean Devlin, Zac Reeder and the team at Electric.”

LBJ had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is set to be released in theaters this year.

After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of Vice President. That all changes on November 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Jason Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency. As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with longtime adversary Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Stahl-David) and one-time mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell (Jenkins) as he seeks to honor JFK’s legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.

 

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