bill murray hyde park on the hudson image First Look At Bill Murray As Franklin D. Roosevelt In Hyde Park on the Hudson

USA Today has released this first image of (the awesome) Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Roger Mitchell’s (Notting Hill, Morning Glory) ‘Hyde Park on the Hudson.’ The story focuses on Roosevelt’s love affair with his distant cousin and family companion, Daisy, during a June weekend in 1939 when the British King and Queen visited FDR’s upstate New York cottage in what was the first ever visit to America by a member of the British monarchy. ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ is the film adaptation of Richard Melson’s radio play of the same name. The film co-stars Olivia Williams, Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Wilson, Samuel West, Blake Ritson and Elizabeth Marvel.

No reigning British monarch had ever been to the United States before George VI’s visit in 1939, just on the cusp of a new world war. History was in the making when the King and Queen arrived at President Roosevelt’s upstate New York home, with a promise of politics, a picnic and hot dogs. But the private life of the President provided a whole new dimension to an epochal moment, at least in the memory of his lover.