Will Ferrell’s Ronald Reagan dementia comedy film causes backlash

The project is currently being shopped to studios

Will Ferrell is taking on the role of former President Ronald Regan in a forthcoming political comedy film.

According to Variety, the story will centre on the ex-POTUS’s second term when he falls into dementia and an intern is tasked with convincing him that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.

The film has already attracted criticism on social media. A tweet from an unverified Twitter account listed as belonging to Reagan’s son Michael, said: “What an Outrag….Alzheimers is not joke…It kills..You should be ashamed all of you.”

Another Twitter user accused the movie of being insensitive to dementia sufferers, writing: “I’m far from a Reagan fan but dementia isn’t a funny thing to make a movie about…”

In Hollywood, the script, penned by Mike Rosolio, caused a buzz when landed on the Black List, an annual catalog of the top unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. So much so, that a live reading was recently done in March starring Lena Dunham and John Cho.

The project is currently without a director but is being shopped to studios soon. Ferrell is down to produce along with Gary Sanchez Productions.

The comic actor is already well-known for his impressions of another former commander in chief, George W. Bush. Ferrell has portrayed Bush several times over the years on US comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live. He went on to take his impression to Broadway in the play You’re Welcome America. Ferrell also previously starred in political comedy The Campaign in which he plays a Democratic congressman vying for a seat in Congress.