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One of the strangest, and oddly very real, clashes of entertainment and politics in recent history was the 1970 meeting between rock legend Elvis Presley and then President Richard Nixon. Now it appears that story may be on its way to the big screen. K5 International has secured rights to Benaroya Pictures' 'Elvis & Nixon,' a comedy slated to the be directorial debut of Cary Elwes ('Saw,' 'Robin Hood: Men In Tights'). The film is about the White House meeting that was arranged after Elvis wrote Nixon a long letter urging him to make The King a deputized law enforcement agent. Now it's also been revealed that the casting for the titular roles has concluded. Eric Bana ('Star Trek,' 'Hanna') will portray Elvis Presley while Danny Huston ('30 Days of Night,' 'Clash of the Titans') will play former President Richard Nixon.
This story fascinates me. Why Elvis was so intent on meeting Nixon is shrouded in mystery. We know he wanted to become some kind of official law enforcement agent, sure, but why did he feel he needed to get that authorization from the commander in chief instead of his local police force? There has to have been something else discussed during that meeting. I guess I could go watch the 1997 TV movie on the subject as well, but I am hoping that this project will present a theatrical experience as an alternative. I'm not totally sold on Bana as Elvis, but then I didn't see his audition. He may absolutely have nailed it. He may have been harboring an Elvis obsession his entire life and we just never knew it. Danny Huston could easily pull of Nixon.
What do you guys think? Are there any actors working today that you would've cast as Elvis instead of Bana?
Source: Coming Soon