If you had to choose one word to describe Peggy Noonan, classy might come to mind. That is a word that no one would associate with Lena Dunham, and yet the actress and purveyor of vulgarity will be playing Noonan on a live, staged reading of the screenplay Reagan in Hollywood next month.
Deadline was first to report on the planned hack job, or staged reading, depending on your perspective:
Playing Noonan, now a Wall Street Journal columnist, Dunham will be participating in a live reading of the 2015 Black List script by Mike Rosolio, along with Star Trek’s’ John Cho. Announced in December in the 11th edition of the most-liked unproduced screenplays, Reagan is set at the end of 1984. Having just been re-elected in a landslide, President Ronald Reagan is suffering from dementia. An intern who’s hoping to move up (to be played by Cho) is tasked with trying to convince the former SAG leader that he is in movie where he’s playing the President. Depending on your perspective, high jinks ensue.
Dunham is an outspoken advocate and campaigner for Hillary Clinton. Her political views are far left and her show has taken vulgarity to a new level, hardly what you would expect from someone playing one of the best writers to ever craft words for a president in recent decades.