Vulture reports that English actor Alan Rickman, who portrayed mischievous Hogwarts professor Severus Snape in all eight Harry Potter films, has been cast to play the Gipper in an upcoming film by Lee Daniels, The Butler, which will show the White House through the eyes of Euguene Allen. Allen was an African-American man who served at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for eight different presidents beginning in 1952 to his retirement in 1986. Allen passed away in 2010.
Further casting in the film may make some conservatives cringe as Vulture adds that liberal activist Jane Fonda has been cast to play Nancy Reagan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film lead will be Forest Whitaker, also confirmed to be joined by John Cusak and Oprah Winfrey.