Creed's Scott Stapp Has Been Cast as Frank Sinatra in a Dennis Quaid-Led Ronald Reagan Biopic. Yeah.

Justin Kirkland
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Photo credit: Elaine Chung - Getty Images
Photo credit: Elaine Chung - Getty Images

From Esquire

Hold me now, 2020 has delivered its most arguably damning news yet. Scott Stapp, of Creed fame, has been tapped to portray Frank Sinatra in an upcoming Dennis Quaid-led Ronald Reagan biopic, aptly titled Reagan. Listen. We need a Reagan biopic like a black mold problem, but since it’s tapping into the chaotic nostalgia of 2006, we welcome it—clears throat—with arms wide open.

Specifically, Stapp will depict one of Sinatra’s performances at the Coconut Grove during Reagan’s tenure as Screen Actor’s Guild president, according to Billboard. In a statement, Stapp said, “Sinatra in performance mode was an exercise in restraint. He had this steely, stylish swagger and his sheer presence commanded a room. I was excited to join the cast and blown away by the on-set attention to detail, style, and overall production.”

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Photo credit: Bettmann - Getty Images

If you thought that casting news was too much, let's work our way down the IMDb page, shall we? Quaid—who has previously called Reagan his favorite president—is starring in the biopic. While it’s undeniable that The Rookie is a classic, Quaid last big films were A Dog's Purpose and the natural follow-up, A Dog's Journey. Reagan, which clearly had no wherewithal to say when, also features Jon Voigt as Viktor Novikov, a KGB agent who tracked Reagan for years. All in all, it seems like a Who’s Who of “Oh God.”

All of this means that in a real moment of reflection and contemplation, someone sifted through the list of political figures from our past and said, “Who’s story needs to be told?” landed on Reagan, completely passed up the shining city on a hill, and then ended up somewhere in Fairfax and said, “Screw it. This will do. Get Creed for Sinatra.” Where was Chad Kroeger? Sure, he's Canadian, but at least his eyes are a shade closer to blue.

The film is being directed by Sean McNamara, who is best known for the film, Soul Surfer, a biographical drama about the surfing life of Bethany Hamilton. Dennis Quaid also starred in that film, alongside Carrie Underwood. This year, McNamara directed Cats and Dogs 3: Paws Unite! Best of luck to all involved in this project, but please: keep news about it to a minimum. I'm down to my last breath.

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