ERIC BANA (as Elvis)
DANNY HUSTON (as Nixon)
The famed meeting between Elvis and President Nixon was always the stuff of movie-making visionaries–and now the dream film is about to be made. One can almost see Elvis walking into the Oval Office wearing black and bringing a Colt 45 pistol as a present for Nixon. The whole scene screams for a film.
There is so much imagery and foundational material to work with for this movie.
There is the famed letter from Presley to Nixon asking for a chance to meet. Elvis writes of his concern for the nation, and angst over the hippie culture.
There are the internal memos within the White House that ponder a visit by the King.
There are the famed images that continue to have brisk sales after all these years.
Including the photo of Nixon checking out the cuff links of the Man From Memphis.
There is the letter from Nixon to Elvis at Graceland expressing his gratitude for the visit and gifts.
There are also the phone calls that were made between the two after the Oval Office chat.
Finally there is a historical fact that makes this movie even more worth the making.
Of all the requests made each year to the National Archives for reproductions of photographs and documents, one item has been requested more than any other. That item, more requested than the Bill of Rights or even the Constitution of the United States, is the photograph of Elvis Presley and Richard M. Nixon shaking hands on the occasion of Presley’s visit to the White House.
So let the production begin!
According to Variety, the Australian actor will play the music great opposite actor Danny Huston, who is in final negotiations to play the late President Richard Nixon in “Elvis & Nixon.”
Cary Elwes, who famously played Westley in 1987’s “The Princess Bride,” will make his feature film directorial debut with the project.
The film will center around the bizarre meeting of the President and the superstar, who Nixon made a Federal Agent-at-Large.
Cary is co-author of the script with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal. Meanwhile Bana himself is executive producing the project.
No start date was available for the film.