Sean Penn To Play Andrew Jackson for HBO

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Sean Penn has been cast as Andrew Jackson in HBO’s miniseries American Lion. Check out the news below!

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HBO has greenlighted American Lion, a six-hour event miniseries about Andrew Jackson, with Oscar winner Sean Penn set to play the 7th President of the United States in his first major TV role. The project hails from Facebook’s Head of Market Development Matt Jacobson, Narcos co-creators Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard and Lionsgate Television.
The mini is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, written by historian Jon Meacham, with Robert V. Remini’s biography of Jackson as additional source material. Orphaned at the hands of the British, Andrew Jackson was a self-made man, a western outsider, a violent warrior and a beloved general who became the country’s first “People’s President.” With the fate of the United States uncertain, the willful and mercurial Jackson fought an intractable Congress and special interests to preserve the Union at all costs – leaving a mixed and deeply controversial legacy. Miro and Bernard are writing the script and will executive produce the mini with Penn (Milk, Mystic River) and Jacobson. Meacham serves as a consultant on the miniseries, set to start production next year.

Jackson was the only U.S. president to pay off the national debt. He fought corruption and stepped in to protect the union by denying states’ right to secede. But his tenure was also marked by controversies, including the Bank War and the Indian Removal Act.
Jacobson optioned Meacham’s book and started meeting with writers. Miro and Bernard, who were yet to create their popular Netflix drama Narcos, stood out immediately. “They have come from a young and modern point of view,” Jacobson said. “This doesn’t feel like men in dark rooms — Andrew Jackson was an active president at an important time for the country.”

Jacobson said he’d always envisioned American Lion as a miniseries. He found it hard to highlight a single period in Jackson’s life for a movie. Additionally, “I want as many people to see it as possible, and television is a great way to do that.” When the time comes, would Jacobson be part of American Lion‘s social media promotional strategy? He said he will leave marketing in the hands of HBO but quipped that if he is asked, that would be “one of the few topics on which I actually have expertise.”

Source: Deadline