Aaron Eckhart Elected Commander in Chief for 'Olympus Has Fallen'
After playing District Attorney Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, Aaron Eckhart is moving up the political ladder to the highest office of them all: The President of the United States. Variety reports that Eckhart will take office in Olympus Has Fallen, the other White House action movie not to be confused with Roland Emmerich's White House Down. Olympus is being directed by Training Day helmer Antoine Fuqua and has Gerard Butler in the lead role. Written by first-timers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, the film's story is also being described as "Die Hard in the White House," so we'll see which one comes first.
The plot follows a former Secret Service agent who becomes America's last hope when terrorists take over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This is yet another case of Hollywood developing multiple projects at the same time, but what often happens is that only one movie wins the race to production first and the competition falls by the wayside. When they both make it through, we get scenarios like what happened earlier this year with two Snow White movies coming out a few months apart from each other, and perhaps that's a good example because though those movies were technically about the same character, they ended up being wildly different. Let's hope with a cast as good as Gerard Butler and the underrated Eckhart, Olympus Has Fallen gets underway and ends up giving the Channing Tatum-led White House Down a run for its money.