Sure, you've heard that Daniel Day-Lewis is going to play Abraham Lincoln for Steven Spielberg and that there's a movie called 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' coming down the pike. But move over, Honest Abe, you're not the only presidential prospect on the nation's movie marquees.

Get ready for Leonardo DiCaprio as 'Rough Rider' Teddy Roosevelt and not one but two thrillers about the bootleg-and-bribery-era Warren G. Harding. Not to mention the great debate about who could play Ronald Reagan and a much-anticipated cameo from an ex-pres in 'The Hangover 2.'

With Presidents' Day right around the corner, we did our patriotic duty and boned up on all things presidential, a topic that oddly also involves magicians, the undead and one night in Bangkok. (Sadly, not all in the same film.)

1. Bill Clinton in 'The Hangover 2'
Release date: May 26
How did this party-down sequel score a cameo from former pres Bill Clinton? They were filming in Bangkok, the scene for Stu (Ed Helm')s bachelor party, which just happened to be where Clinton was delivering a speech on clean energy. No word on what Bill's cameo will entail, but we can also expect a cameo from Liam Neeson, who was once -- small world! -- slated to play Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's upcoming biopic.


2. Daniel Day Lewis in 'Lincoln'
Release date: 2012
Replacing Neeson as the 16th president: Daniel Day-Lewis, who put his indelible stamp on period characters in 'Gangs of New York' and 'There Will be Blood.' (Movies that also proved he won't be upstaged by all that old-timey facial hair.) The Steven Spielberg film will "focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War."


3. Benjamin Walker in 'Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter'
Release date: June 22, 2012
Walker ('Flags of Our Fathers') beat out bigger names like Adrien Brody and Josh Lucas for the title role in this horror-thriller based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, in which our 16th president was secretly slaying vampires on the side. 'Night Watch's Timur Bekmambetov will direct and Tim Burton will co-produce the 3D production, which is slated to begin shooting next month.


4. Untitled Reagan/Gorbachev Ridley Scott project
Release date: 2012
This '80s-era project would focus on the end of the Cold War, particularly the conflict between Western and Eastern potentates Reagan and Gorbachev. Certain highlight: Reagan's real-life demand, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" No one has been announced yet to star as The Gipper; James Brolin portrayed him in the controversial '03 miniseries.




5. Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt'
Release date: 2013
DiCaprio has already stepped into the shoes of Howard Hughes and J. Edgar Hoover, but you can picture him as the head of the Rough Riders? (Robin Williams, who embodied the 26th president in 'Night at the Museum' probably comes to mind first.) DiCaprio would re-team with Martin Scorsese; they've been attached to this project since 2005. 'The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt,' is based on the award-winning book by Edmund Morris, which follows Roosevelt from a privileged upbringing to the Rough Riders to the White House. Presumably, the origin of the Teddy Bear will also be addressed.

6. 'Unscrupulous,' Warren G. Harding biopic
Release date: 2013

Harding's brief tenure as president was rife with bribery, corruption and possibly murder, all excellent subjects for any political bio. Charles Mee's 1980 novel 'The Ohio Gang,' referred to the "scandal-plagued collection of eccentric characters" with whom the 29th president surrounded himself leading up to the notorious Teapot Dome scandal. No talent other than politically minded producer/director William Rabbe ('Winning New Hampshire') and screenwriter Barbara Turner ('Pollock') have been announced yet.


7. 'Carter Beats the Devil'
Release date: 2013

The second of two Harding-centric thrillers is based on the 2001 novel by Glenn David Gould's about a 1920s magician whose use of Harding in a magic trick results in his death. The novel flashes back as Carter (a fictionalized version of magician Charles Carter) is interrogated by the Secret Service after Harding's untimely demise. The project was once slated to become an AMC miniseries, but, according to the Washingtonian, 'Election' director Alexander Payne is now interested.
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