W. traces the head of state's rise to power from a privileged alcoholic to a born-again Christian, whose belief in religious destiny helped moving him to the top ranks of political power. Co-written by Stanley G. Weiser, "W" is produced by fellow Stone collaborators Moritz Borman and Jon Kilik, with Elizabeth Banks co-starring as the first lady, James Cromwell as the elder President Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush and Richard Dreyfuss as Vice President Dick Cheney
The decision to enlist for the Vietnam War instead of finishing his degree at Yale, turned out to be defining for Oliver Stone (b. 1946). It would later see him make celebrated films like PLATOON (1986) and BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989), which won him an Oscar for Best Director. After his service in Vietnam, Stone was awarded with a Bronze Star for Gallantry and a Purple Heart, but was so disenchanted with war that he never glorified it in his films. Stone's filmography is a long list of commercial achievements including SALVADOR (1986) with Oscar-nominated James Woods, WALL STREET (1987), THE DOORS (1991), JFK (1991) and NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994). However debated some of these films may be, they never go unnoticed. Enormously productive, Stone has also written a number of successful screenplays, such as CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982) and SCARFACE (1983). His directed films have been nominated for thirty-one Academy Awards and won three.