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article imageBill Murray plays F.D.R. in new movie, 'Hyde Park on Hudson'

By Abigail Prendergast     May 21, 2012 in Entertainment
The trailer for Bill Murray's upcoming film "Hyde Park on Hudson" has been released and features a charming, witty portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt as he hosts a stint for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in upstate New York in 1939.
Actor Bill Murray has been keeping quite busy in the movie business - from voicing a dimwitted badger in 2009's The Fantastic Mr. Fox, to portraying a character known as Happy Shannon in the 2010 drama, Passion Play, the 61-year-old Oscar nominee seems to have had his hands full with film roles.
In his latest flick, Hyde Park on Hudson, Murray plays a charismatic Franklin D. Roosevelt who hosts a shindig for the King and Queen of England (played by Samuel West and Olivia Colman) at his retreat in upstate New York. The film depicts the British royalty joining Roosevelt during the monarchy's first ever visit to the United States just before World War II.
There is even a sense of scandal as F.D.R. tends more so to his distant cousin, Margaret "Daisy" Stuckley (Laura Linney) as opposed to his wife, Eleanor (Olivia Williams) reports IMDb.
In Hyde Park on Hudson - which was directed by Roger Michell and scripted by Richard Nelson who based it on his play about the fateful weekend of royal visitation in 1939, there is a bit of a "culture clash" between Roosevelt and King George VI. Before long though, they begin to develop a close bond and strengthen the ties between England and America, says Slashfilm.
The official synopsis while the movie went into production reads as follows:
"In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor host the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York — the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one."
Hyde Park on Hudson is set to be released in theaters on December 7.
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