Newton and Gruffudd Cast in W

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The Hollywood Reporter says that Oliver Stone has cast Thandie Newton to play National Security Advisor-turned-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Ioan Gruffudd as former British prime minister Tony Blair in his upcoming W.

Rice and Blair are the first non-Bush roles to be cast; Josh Brolin, James Cromwell, Elizabeth Banks and Ellen Burstyn had previously been cast as George W., George Sr., Laura and Barbara Bush, respectively.

Stone’s film is expected to start shooting shortly. The movie will look at Bush’s formative years and path to the president as well as his life inside the White House.

Among the key W roles yet to be cast are those of Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Karl Rove.

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