Austin Powers and Meet The Parents helmer Jay Roach is a man with a plan, as he’s currently putting together the action-comedy El Presidente, and wants Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr to play the leads, according to Vulture.
Cruise has already shown some interest as a couple of year ago he was attached to star in the movie, at which time Jack Nicholson was mooted to co-star. However we haven’t heard much about the film since, but now Cruise is still being name-dropped in connection to the movie, as is Robert Downey Jr. What isn’t clear it whether any offers have been made to the stars, or if it’s just hopeful speculation on the part of the director and producers.
The film ‘follows an overzealous Secret Service agent whose work-life boundary issues get him reassigned to the inglorious task of guarding America’s worst former president, who is a bumbling sleaze. The job suddenly becomes exciting when a threat is made on the ex-president’s life and they must go on the run.’ Downey Jr. would be the President and Cruise would be the Secret Service agent.
It’s still a long way off coming together yet, although at the moment Downey Jr. doesn’t have anything firmly booked in after Iron Man 3, and while Cruise has a couple of sci-fi films ready to shoot this year, he may be able to slot this in too. We’ll have to wait and see.