Last week it was announced that Eric Bana had signed on to play Elvis Presley and Danny Huston would be Richard Nixon in Elvis & Nixon, which marks the directorial debut of actor Cary Elwes. It’s an unusual mix of talent and subject matter, and not a couple more actors have joined the throng, with Kevin Connolly and Luke Wilson both in talks for the movie.
The movie centres on a real-life 1970 meeting between the President and the King at the White House, which took place after Elvis Presley wrote a six-page letter requesting permission to visit. Luke Wilson will play Sonny, a member of Elvis Presley’s “Memphis Mafia,” who accompanies the rock icon on his Washington visit. Kevin Connolly will play a limo driver named Ronnie.
Cary Elwes will direct Elvis & Nixon from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Sagal and Hanala Sagal. Production will begin this coming January in Louisiana.
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