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Douglas lands a presidential role

Michael Douglas is in talks to play former US President Ronald Reagan in drama Reykjavik.

The two-time Oscar winner is said to be signing on to play the 40th American leader in the independent film, which Mike Newell is in negotiations to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Reykjavik, which has been written by Kevin Hood, is set in 1986, when Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev went to the Icelandic capital to work out a peace deal, following the tragic backdrop of Chernobyl.

The Gorbachev role has not yet been cast and the film is set to begin shooting in Germany in March.

Ridley Scott was previously attached to the director's chair, but will now produce.

Michael, who is married to Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones and recently battled throat cancer, is already set to play Liberace in the Steven Soderbergh biopic Behind The Candelabra and star in upcoming comedy Last Vegas.

Mike's next film Great Expectations, starring Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and David Walliams, will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and will close the London Film Festival in October.

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