The actor will also be producing the upcoming film about the late president, according to The Hollywood Reporter

By Mariah Haas
Updated April 28, 2016 04:00 PM
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Hail to the chief.

Will Ferrell is set to star as former president Ronald Reagan.

The actor, 48, will portray the 40th president of the United States in the upcoming film Reagan, a Black List script written by Mike Rosolio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story takes place during the beginning of President Reagan’s second term. In the movie he “falls into dementia,” according to the Black List, an annual survey of notable new screenplays, reports THR. “An ambitious intern” is then “tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the President in a movie.”

In November 1994, five years after he left office, Reagan announced that he had Alzheimer’s. He died almost 10 years later on June 5, 2004.

Twitter quickly reacted to news of the project, criticizing the upcoming film for treating the subject of Alzheimers insensitively.

President Reagan’s son, Michael, was one of the first to speak out against the film.

“Alzheimers is not a comedy first it robs you then it kills you,” he wrote.

Many others agreed with Reagan’s sentiment, also speaking out against the subject of the film.

“Alzheimer ‘s is by no means funny. It kills treasured memories and robs you of your very existence,” wrote one user.

Ferrell, who has previously played President George W. Bush in Saturday Night Live skits, will also serve as a producer on the project.