The Rob Ford saga is making a comeback — on the big screen. English actor and producer Damian Lewis is portraying the controversial late mayor of Toronto in an upcoming film called Run This Town, currently being shot in Toronto, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The movie follows a reporter (Ben Platt) who attempts to expose a scandal involving a politician who doesn’t play by the rules, according to the movie-industry publication.
Ford, of course, was Toronto’s mayor from 2010 to 2014. He had a history of public intoxication and substance abuse, culminating in his being recorded smoking crack cocaine, as reported in Star investigations led by investigative reporters Kevin Donovan and Robyn Doolittle.
The film is currently being shot in Toronto and has no release date.
Ricky Tollman, the Canadian writer-director of the film, said it’s not a Rob Ford biopic, and that Ford is a fairly minor character. The main story is about how millennials like Platt’s character struggle to make a living in a post-recession economy.
An interview with Lewis — an Emmy winner for his role in Homeland, the current star of TV’s Billions and a notably sleeker figure than the late mayor — was published in Kit Magazine, which described the prosthetic the actor was wearing for his role.