Washington, D.C. – John James, who played Jeff Colby on ABC’s long-running prime time soaps ‘Dynasty’ and ‘The Colbys’ has inked a deal to play Joe Biden in the upcoming biopic dramatizing the exploits of the president’s son Hunter, producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney announced Monday.
The film, which is scheduled to begin shooting shortly, brings to life the surviving Biden son’s struggles including his dodgy business dealings, strip club lifestyle, and addiction issues. It is also rumored to be examining the controversial business dealings with foreign companies, oligarchs, and others of ill repute who, it is alleged, have the coffers of Hunter Biden and other members of the extended first family for many years.
James is a veteran actor who said he was pleased to take on the role. ‘The script has it all,’ he said. ‘Money, power, greed, sex, drugs, and alcohol. It kind of reminds me of Dynasty . . . This is a common tale of a father’s ultimate love for his son, despite his major shortcomings’ as well as ‘an inside look at the world of politics.’
The film will not be the first time the two veteran filmmakers have taken on controversial political topics. McAleer and McElhinney also produced such films as ‘Gosnell’ and “Frack Nation.” British actor Laurence Fox (‘Lewis’ ‘White Lines’ ‘Victoria’) has already been cast as Hunter Biden while screen legend Robert Davi (‘License to Kill,’ ‘The Goonies’) has signed to direct.
‘I had been belaboring over who would play Joe Biden,’ said Davi. ‘I wanted someone that would not do a caricature but could breathe complexity’ into the role of the lifelong Delaware politician who is now America’s 46th president.
McAleer said they were thrilled to have James on board the project. “Joe and Hunter have this strange King Lear style relationship. Hunter can never live up to his father’s expectations. Although Joe loves Hunter, he sees him both as an addict who needs help and a business opportunity to be exploited. This conflict is what makes for the great drama.”
According to Davi, the importance of having an actor who can measure up to the real-life character being shown on screen is essential ‘while at the same time present an endearing quirkiness without falling into the trap of belaboring his apparent frailties. John James is that actor. With John and Laurence, I think audiences will be riveted by Joe and Hunter’s relationship and come to understand the dynamics between father and son.’
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