Eric Bana has been cast as Elvis Presley and Danny Huston is in final negotiations to play President Richard M. Nixon in the upcoming independent movie Elvis & Nixon, the directorial debut of actor Cary Elwes.
Deadline is reporting that Elvis & Nixon will focus on the visit Presley paid to Nixon at the White House on December 21, 1970. The singer-actor initiated the meeting with the president by writing him a six-page letter. Presley suggested he become a “Federal Agent-at-Large” in the bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. To help persuade Nixon, Presley also brought family photos and a Colt 45 as a personal gift.
Elwes co-wrote the screenplay for Elvis & Nixon with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal. Bana will produce the film through his production company Pick Up Truck Pictures, which will mark the company’s first U.S. movie.
What do you think of Bana and Huston’s casting in the film, are they well suited for the roles?