Tom Cruise Still Trying to Get Jack Nicholson to Join 'El Presidente'

November 20, 2013
Source: THR

Tom Cruise / Jack Nicholson

We haven't heard anything about the action thriller El Presidente since 2010 when Tom Cruise was attached to the project and the actor was trying to get the likes of Jack Nicholson and even Robert Downey Jr. involved in the project with Jay Roach (Game Change, The Campaign) directing. Now Cruise is back with a vengeance trying to get the film off the ground at Warner Bros. again, and this time he has his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman at the helm, and the two are making a last ditch effort to get Nicholson involved in the project which would mark their first big screen reunion since A Few Good Men back in 1992.

For those who don't know, the story follows a dedicated Secret Service agent (Cruise) assigned to protect a bumbling and degenerate ex-president (Nicholson) with apparently hilarious, yet quite dangerous, results. The unlikely duo would find themselves on the run together when a threat is made on the life of the ex-president. THR says this latest effort involved Cruise and Liman going to Nicholson's home to convince the actor (who isn't retired but rather picky about his roles) to join the film, and Cruise won't make the film without him. Cruise wants answers, but he might not be able to handle the truth.

For now, insiders say Nicholson agreed to read the script originally from Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop) and Daniel J. Groor ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Daily Show") with a rewrite from Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco, Quiz Show), and we'll see what happens. Cruise and Nicholson reteaming sound positively amazing, especially with a story like this. But Nicholson's last movie was How Do You Know in 2010, and he's very selective. But if anyone could convince him, it's the charismatic and hard-working Cruise. Stay tuned to see if this project comes together with Cruise and Nicholson attached.

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