Sunday, May 26, 2024

UPDATE Kevin Spacey to Play Richard Nixon in “Elvis and Nixon”


A while ago, I told you about  “Elvis and Nixon,” an imagining of the White House meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon. Michael Shannon will play Elvis. Liza Johnson is set to direct. The update is that Kevin Spacey has signed on to play Nixon. Spacey is a master of impressions and probably does Nixon in his sleep. He and Shannon will be great together.

The screenplay is co-authored by actor Cary Elwes, brother of producer Cassian Elwes. Yes, Cary Elwes from “The Princess Bride.” Holly Wiersma and Logan Levy are producing with Cassian.

elvis and nixonThe story is true: Elvis had had a bad fight with his father on December 20, 1970 over spending. The folks in Memphis were trying to rein him in. So Elvis jumped in his truck and drove to Washington, surprising Nixon. (You could just knock on the White House door then.) The result is a famous photograph. It’s as if Amanda Bynes were more famous and decided to pay Obama a visit. didn’t cover this incident. I was in 7th grade.

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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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