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Eric Bana to Play Elvis Presley

Eric Bana to Step Into Elvis's Blue Suede Shoes

Eric Bana may hail from Australia, but he's about to play an American icon. Bana will play Elvis Presley in Elvis & Nixon, alongside Danny Huston as President Nixon. The film marks the directorial debut of Cary Elwes (perhaps best known as Westley from The Princess Bride) and will focus on a meeting between Presley and Nixon that took place at the White House in December of 1970. The meeting was apparently Presley's idea and was proposed via a six-page letter that made note of the fact that Presley wanted to be Nixon's "federal agent-at-large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. (Which is pretty depressing in light of what happened to Presley just seven years later.) The film sounds a bit like My Week With Marilyn in the sense that it's not a straight biopic but more of a cross-sectioned look at the life of a legend. Can you see Bana as the king of rock 'n' roll?

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littlemunchkin littlemunchkin 5 years
Very odd casting...shall have to wait and see if he can pull it off!
stone_soup stone_soup 5 years
He's not the first actor to come to mind when I think of Elvis, but the story sounds like something that needs a 'character actor', as opposed to a flashy actor.
Katie-Henry Katie-Henry 5 years
I'll be the first one to admit it if I'm wrong but this casting seems forced. We'll have to wait and see if he can pull it off — those are some big blue suede shoes to fill!
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