Monday, April 15, 2024

UPDATE Michael Shannon “Elvis and Nixon” Gets a Director and Maybe a Co-Star


Exclusive I told you last week about Michael Shannon playing Elvis Presley in “Elvis and Nixon.” Shannon can do anything, he’ll be a great Elvis circa 1971. Now I’m told that the movie has a director– Liza Johnson. Her Kristen Wiig movie, “Hateship Loveship” just got a distributor– IFC Films– out of Toronto. Guy Pearce and Hallie Steinfeld co-star.

Johnson’s “Return” with Linda Cardellini was one of the hidden gems of 2011, produced by Meredith Vieira. Now she’ll take on the historic meeting between Elvis and the only president who had to resign in disgrace. I am told that another great actor, Danny Huston, may be up for the Nixon role. The project, produced by Holly Wiersma and Logan Levy, sounds ever more intriguing and promising…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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