John Cusack developing Rush Limbaugh film
John Cusack is developing a movie about conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, the actor's production company confirmed on November 2.
The film, which has a working title of "Rush," is being produced by Cusack's New Crime Productions. According to the Associated Press, Cusack will star in the film and Betty Thomas is attached to direct.
The 46-year-old actor has not commented about taking on the role of Limbaugh, who made headlines in February after calling Georgetown University Law Center student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" for testifying on the importance of insurance plans covering birth control.
Limbaugh's faced public outrage over his statement and his radio talk show "The Rush Limbaugh Show," lost advertising from 45 companies.
Thomas is an Emmy-winning director who helmed the series "Dream On" and the films "Private Parts" and "The Brady Bunch Movie." She told the wire service that production on the film is set for next year and a script is nearly completed.
Cusack is an outspoken liberal, who was a supporter of Barack Obama at his 2008 inauguration, but has recently criticized the president for his military attacks and civil liberties policies.
The actor is known mostly for playing "good guy" roles, such as Lloyd Dobler in the 1989 romantic teen comedy "Say Anything" and Rob Gordon in the 1996 film "High Fidelity." He also played an assassin in the 1997 movie "Grosse Point Blank" and starred with Cage in the action film "Con Air."
Cusack portrays a death row inmate in the recent film, "The Paperboy," which also stars Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey.
He will next appear opposite Vanessa Hudgens in "The Frozen Ground," portraying a serial killer. The thriller is slated for release on March 7, 2013.