Jane Fonda Set to Play Nancy Reagan In biopic of White House butler Eugene Allen By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Mar 27, 2012 5:32 PM CDT 29 comments Comments Jane Fonda arrives at the Weinstein Company 2012 Golden Globe party at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, Jan.15, 2012. (AP Photo/Katy Winn) (Newser) – Jane Fonda, whose liberal views made her a scourge of the political right during the Vietnam War era, will play Nancy Reagan in an upcoming movie. The Butler chronicles the life of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen. Forest Whitaker is nearing a deal to play Allen, who worked under presidents Truman through Reagan. Oprah Winfrey is in talks for the role of Allen's wife, while Liam Neeson and John Cusack may play Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. The film, directed by Lee Daniels, is based on a Washington Post story, Variety reports.