Democrat Barbra Streisand's actor husband James Brolin is to play former Republican President Ronald Reagan in a new TV movie.

The two-part venture THE REAGANS will chart the career and life of the former Hollywood actor and is set to air on network CBS in November (03).

However, outspoken liberal Streisand has long been a critic of Reagan's policies and of his time in office, once stating in 1992 that she would "never forgive" him for his stance on AIDS research and education.

CBS chairman LESLIE MOONVES says, "We haven't asked Barbra Streisand what she thinks about James Brolin playing Ronald Reagan, but we'll have to live with that. "

Speaking about Brolin's suitability for the role of the ex-President, Moonves adds, "What he did on The West Wing influenced us. He played a conservative figure and did a very good job."

The movie will also star Judy Davis as Nancy Reagan and promises to be a in-depth portrayal of what Reagan "did well and what he didn't do well."

21/07/2003 17:07