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First Look at the Cast for 'W'

Director Oliver Stone and actors Elizabeth Banks and Josh Brolin arrive at the New York premiere of "W." at Ziegfeld Clearview Cinemas on October 14, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images North America)

Oliver Stone is known for some bold choices and "W" looks to be no exception.

The movie opens tomorrow across the country (see pictures from the New York premiere here). If you've seen the trailer, you know the cast isn't exactly the spitting image of their counterparts in the White House, but they have captured some of the essense of their characters.

We're giving you a side-by-side on the entire cast shown in the trailer so you can judge for yourself. Be sure to take our poll and vote for who looks most like his or her counterpart after you've seen them all!

1. George W. Bush












Actor: Josh Brolin
You Know Him From: "No Country For Old Men" and "American Gangster"
In The Trailer: Goes from swaggering drunkard to smirking president.
The Look: 7/10
He looks the part, but I'm reserving judgment. In pictures it almost looks like he's really forcing that frown downwards. It's a fine line between portrayal and parody. And that line is dangerously clear when the source material is still so close to the public.










Actress: Elizabeth Banks
You Know Her From: "Scrubs" and "Fred Claus"
The Look: 4/10
When Hollywood gets hold of material like this, you know the actors are going to be prettier than their real life counterparts, but yeesh. Have you seen her? Really, we couldn't cast this part a little older?










Actor: James Cromwell
You Know Him From: "Six Feet Under" and "24"
In The Trailer: Berates "Junior" for acting like a Kennedy.
The Look: 7/10
Cromwell is a name when it comes to charactor actors and he knows how to pull this off. He isn't trying too hard with the look and THANK GOD he isn't doing that Dana Carvey version of Bush Sr.










Actress: Ellen Burstyn
You Know Her From: "Requiem For a Dream" and "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"
The Look: 6/10
At least she's age appropriate. Really though, are there any actresses who look mean enough to play the real Bush matriarch?









Actor: Richard Dreyfuss
You Know Him From: "Jaws" and "Tin Man"
The Look: 10/10
That's no typo, the man playing Dick Cheney is indeed Richard Dreyfuss. In his few frames on screen, it's hard to tell if the look holds up under scrutiny. But look at it. It looks like they got Dick's not-so-evil twin to come be in the movie. Awesome.










Actor: Jeffrey Wright
You Know Him From: "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Casino Royale"
The Look: 8/10
You can almost see Jeffrey Wright holding office based on these stills.










Actress: Thandie Newton
You Know Her From: "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "Norbit"
The Look: 7/10
I'll bump her up to a nine if she opens those lips to reveal those famously gapped teeth.










Actor: Scott Glenn
You Know Him From: "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Freedom Writers"
The Look: 6/10
I'll leave some room for Scott Glenn to convince me, but from these few frames, he looks like he's trying a little hard.










Actor: Ioan Gruffudd
You Know Him From: "The Fantastic Four"
The Look: 4/10
Talk about skewing young. He's Tony Blair, not Jude Law. Ioan's definitely going to have to show tougher chops than he used in either of those awful "Fantastic Four" movies.










Actor: Toby Jones
You Know Him From: Honestly you probably don't
The Look: 7/10
Of all the characters in Bush's inner circle, this has to be one of the most coveted roles. Rove is the mad genius of the Republican party and if this role has any screen time, it could make or break a character actor.

(Left side pictures are all screen captures from the new "W" trailer. Right side pictures are either Associated Press or from whitehouse.gov)

Vote on the most believable character here!

 

Pictures from the New York Premiere of "W"

  • "W." New York City Premiere - After Party
  • "W." New York City Premiere - After Party
  • "W." New York City Premiere - After Party
  • "W." New York City Premiere - After Party
  • "W." New York City Premiere - After Party
  • "W." New York City Premiere - After Party
  • "W." New York City Premiere - After Party
  • "W." New York City Premiere - After Party

 

  • "W." New York City Premiere - Arrivals
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  • "W." New York City Premiere - Arrivals
  • "W." New York City Premiere - Arrivals
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