Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Eric Bana to play Elvis Presley

Eric Bana will also be executive producing the film

Eric Bana and Danny Huston are set to star as Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon in a new film.

Elvis & Nixon will mark the directorial debut of The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes and will tell the true story of a meeting between the King of Rock 'n' Roll and the then US President which took place on December 21, 1970, Variety reports.

Elvis travelled to Washington to meet President Nixon at the White House, after writing him a six-page letter requesting a visit and suggesting that he be made a Federal Agent-at-Large in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

On his visit, Elvis gave Nixon a Colt 45 pistol as a present.

The story has fascinated Cary, who has written a screenplay about the meeting of the two historical figures.

Eric will executive produce through his Pick Up Truck Pictures production company.

Actors who have previously attempted to bring Elvis to life on screen include Kurt Russell, Don Johnson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, while Sir Anthony Hopkins and Frank Langella are among those to have played Nixon.

Filming will take place in Los Angeles and Shreveport, Louisiana, though no start date has been fixed.

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