The first official clip has been released for acclaimed filmmaker Rob Reiner's Lyndon B. Johnson film, LBJ, which will premiere at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) tonight. The film stars Woody Harrelson as the late president whose failure to secure the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination led to him becoming Vice President under President John F. Kennedy, who had to be sworn into presidency after the assassination of Kennedy on that fateful day in November of 1963.
The first clip is absolutely hilarious, and shows how great Harrelson's performance could be. The only draw back is all of the make-up and prosthetics he is wearing to become President Johnson. Hopefully once the film gets going the performance will really shine through.
Check out the first official clip below and sound off in the comments section with your thoughts. As always, thanks for stopping by EastCoastMovieGuys!
Here's the official synopsis for LBJ below:
"After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But one they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. That all changes on November 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Jennifer Jason Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency. As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with long-time adversary Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Michael Stahl-David) and one-time mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell (Richard Jenkins) as he seeks to honor JFK’s legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964."
LBJ does not yet have an official release date, but expect the film to drop around Christmas.