Casting News: Eric Bana and Danny Huston to Play Elvis and Richard Nixon; Clive Owen Gets Recall; Jake Abel in The Host
11.10.11 by Ryan
Pretty soon, Hollywood is going to run out of moments to use for movies from late President Richard Nixon's life, but not yet.
Only three years removed from 2008's Academy Award–nominated Frost/Nixon, which focused on a series of post-Watergate television interviews Nixon gave to British TV personality David Frost, the latest project showcases Nixon's infamous White House meeting with Elvis Presley. Appropriately titled Elvis & Nixon, the movie was co-written by actor Cary Elwes, who will also make his directorial debut. Eric Bana (Funny People, Hulk) is set to play Elvis, while Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) will play Nixon.
ComingSoon reports that international rights have already been sold for Elvis & Nixon, which should start lensing soon in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Los Angeles.
Clive Owen likes to split his time between dramatic roles and action thrillers, which explains how the actor went from the heavy drama of April's Trust to September's Killer Elite (but doesn't explain his mustache).
Owen's next action role could be in Moonstone Entertainment's Recall which is being shopped at the American Film Market (AFM). Owens is attached to star in the movie, which has a script from Taxi Driver and Raging Bull screenwriter Paul Schrader and will be directed by Harold Becker (Sea of Love, Domestic Disturbance).
It's important to note that the movie is currently being shopped at the AFM, and if no one wants to pick up the distribution rights, it will remain as only an idea. Until then, ComingSoon has provided a synopsis of the movie below. Does it sound like something you would watch?
SA specialist and decorated military hero James Forjac's world is turned upside down by a series of seemingly unrelated events that begin to occur after he meets a sexy photo model in a New York hotel room. Assigned to a highly classified mission to Kyrgyzstan, Forjac continues to see links between his mission, the mysterious model and a crime cover-up.
As he attempts to put the pieces of the puzzle together, Forjac is confronted by a terrible reality far worse than any nightmare. A daring rescue and a debt repaid may be Forjac's only hope to save his future... and past.
Now that The Host, an adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's 2008 sci-fi novel, has a set release date, casting has resumed on the project.
With Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) already cast in the lead, dual role of human woman Melanie and Wanda, the alien soul implanted in her, Deadline reports that Jake Abel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), who worked with Ronan on The Lovely Bones, is in negotiations to co-star as Ian, who falls in love with Wanda, the spirit inhabiting Melanie. Melanie is in love with Jared, whom the report refers to as "Jake" (which may mean the character was re-named or is more likely a typo), and so the inner turmoil begins. Meyer sure has a penchant for love triangles!
According to the report, four contenders are up for the role of Jake: Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Max Irons (Red Riding Hood), Kit Harington (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D) and Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Blood and Sand).
Meyer co-wrote the script for The Host with director Andrew Niccol (In Time). The movie is set to open on March 29, 2013.