Hanna actor Eric Bana will play the King of Rock ‘n Roll — Elvis Presley — in Elvis & Nixon, an independent film about the musician’s unlikely meeting with former US president Richard Nixon.
Elvis & Nixon will tell the true story of how in 1970, Presley wrote Nixon a six-page letter suggesting he be made a “Federal Agent-at-Large” in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The singer then visited The White House at Nixon’s invitation, bringing family photos and a pistol as a personal gift for the president. The film will be written by actor Cary Elwes, who fancies himself fascinated with how the meeting between the two historical greats came about. Elwes, who famously played Westley in 1987’s The Princess Bride, will make his feature film directorial debut with the project, Variety has learned. Meanwhile Bana himself is executive producing the project.
Danny Huston will play Nixon.