Michael Shannon will play Elvis Presley to Kevin Spacey’s Nixon: good picks?

Michael Shannon is so wildly talented that I have to stop and watch whenever he appears onscreen. Well … I never watched the new Man of Steel movie (ugh, DC) but did catch him recently in The Iceman. He was phenomenal. Oh, and he popped up on a Law & Order: SVU rerun yesterday. Score.

Michael just scored a really weird role. He plays a lot of offbeat, on-the-fringe characters. This one is unexpected: Elvis Presley. Michael will play the Elvis pelvis in the embellished tale of what happened in the above photo. Elvis showed up one day in 1970 at the White House to hang with Richard Nixon. The Mail has a copy of a strange letter in which Elvis asked Nixon to make him an undercover federal agent. In the letter, Elvis rambled on about wanting to “save the US from hippies and The Beatles.” This is SO weird, but so was Elvis. Kevin Spacey will play Nixon. Here are the deets:

Elvis Presley has been portrayed by many actors over the decades since his death in 1977. That doesn’t make the idea of seeing Michael Shannon play the singer any less head-turningly odd. Pair him with Kevin Spacey as Richard M. Nixon and you might have something really … weird. The two actors have been cast in Elvis & Nixon, which is inspired by the unlikely photo op that resulted in the photo above, taken in 1977.

This isn’t the first film based on the pic; there’s a comedy called Elvis Meets Nixon, which was made in 1997. And there has been a new effort to turn this photo into a movie for at least three years. In 2011, it was going to be directed by Cary Elwes (yeah, that Cary Elwes) with Eric Bana and Danny Huston in the lead roles. Now Liza Johnson will direct. The script is still one which features work from Cary Elwes, from that development effort years ago.

Two men at the height of their powers, conscious they could not stay on top forever, both ripped with fear of the inevitable, sharing one famous private moment in the Oval office. Elvis & Nixon recounts the morning of December 21st 1970, when the King of Rock’ n Roll showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon. He had a very urgent request: to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. This intimate moment in the Oval office between two men at the height of their powers has never been told.

[From Slashfilm]

Yeah, this is going to be one strange movie. It sounds campy, right? Maybe they’ll play it serious. The first film from 1997 was composed as a mockumentary. I can’t imagine that they’d make this movie again unless the vibe was different. Anyway. Kevin Spacey knows how to play a high-ranking politician, and Michael has the chops to pull off anything. This sounds like something I would Netflix in a few years. Are you interested?

Michael Shannon

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  1. Lilacflowers says:

    Difficult to imagine Shannon in a role where he doesn’t throttle someone but he could definitely do the voice.

    The Elvis and Nixon stuff can be seen at the National Archive. It’s really funny.

    • mernymerlyn says:

      I always thought he was an amazing actor until I realized he plays the same stoic, strange guy over and over.
      I’m looking forward to seeing him to something different.

  2. Mindy says:

    Bleurgh. I saw the mockumentary… As bizarre as the story is, it wasn’t enough of a story to make a movie about it the first time around. And Shannon as Elvis? …. Really?!?! I like the guy, but nope. Don’t see it.

  3. Kiddo says:

    If they play a drunk Nixon and a drugged out Elvis, concerned about the hippies’ drug use, it might be fun to watch the campy hypocrisy. But I don’t think it’s movie theater worthy, as you said Bedhead.

  4. mom2two says:

    I am all for the camp and I would watch Michael Shannon read the ingredients off of a Special K box. He’s a fantastic actor.

  5. Someonestolemyname says:

    Shannon is a great actor and will probably do a wonderful job, but Elvis was handsome pretty and soft skin, I don’t know how they’ll make Shannon look like Elvis who imo was gorgeous and dreamy looking even when bloated his face was still soft and handsome.

    Spacey will be fine as Nixon. Great actor too.

  6. This has the potential to beat out my favorite Elvis portrayal ever out of the park. And it’s hard for me to say that because I loved Bruce Campbell as the King in Bubbahotep.

  7. INeedANap says:

    I think he could pull it off, but I am not paying money to watch this. Not all moments in history make great movies, you know?

    Also, shout-out to my super secret lover Chris Evans for killing it in Iceman. I was surprised how well he stood his ground next to Michael Shannon.

  8. kri says:

    This is very interesting. The first time I saw Michael S. was in “Let’s Go To Prison” and i pulled all of my laugh muscles. Yes, I watch those kind of movies. No, I am not ashamed. Anyway, he was brilliant, and I said to my future ex-husband, “That guy is awesome”. The ex was still trying to figure out the plot twists, and so no response. But Kevin Spacey and Michael in this film will be a must for me.

  9. Freebunny says:

    Fantastic actor, I want to see it. I’d see anything with this guy.

  10. RobN says:

    It was a quirky little moment, but I can’t see where there’s enough story here to fill a movie. No matter what you make up, you’re still stuck with a finale that is nothing more than a short meeting and an awkward picture.

  11. Fatty Magoo says:

    I’m sorry but hell no. He looks nothing like Elvis. Unless this is suppose to be a comedy?