Now Michael Shannon & Kevin Spacey Are Set to Play 'Elivs & Nixon'
by Ethan Anderton
November 5, 2014
Over three years ago, we learned that actor Cary Elwes, best known for his roles in films like The Princess Bride and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, would make his feature directorial debut with Elvis & Nixon, a film following the interesting visit that iconic musician Elvis Presley paid to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House on December 21st, 1970. At the time, Eric Bana was slated to play "The King" and Danny Huston was going to play "Tricky Dick," but now the production banner BLOOM has set Michael Shannon to play Elvis Presley and Kevin Spacey to play Richard Nixon. That's quite an awesome new duo. Read on!
Here's how the project is described in the press release:
Two men at the height of their powers, conscious they could not stay on top forever, both ripped with fear of the inevitable, sharing one famous private moment in the Oval office. Elvis & Nixon recounts the morning of December 21st 1970, when the King of Rock’ n Roll (Shannon) showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon (Spacey). He had a very urgent request: to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. This intimate moment in the Oval office between two men at the height of their powers has never been told.
However, Elwes is no longer directing the film, and that responsibility now falls onto Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship, Return). But the script still hails from Elwes, who wrote it with Joey & Hanala Sagal. In addition, Cary's brother Cassian Elwes is also producing with Holly Wiersma, and the two are just coming off Dallas Buyers Club from last year. The project is being sold at the American Film Market, so it could be another three years before it goes in front of camera, but seeing Michael Shannon play Elvis Presley already has me sold, and Spacey as Nixon is just icing on the cake. Sound good?