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Eric Bana to play Elvis Presley in 'Elvis & Nixon'

10/24/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Eric Bana might want to start working on his hip swiveling techniques.

The Australian actor, known for his work in such films as "Munich" and "Troy," will play Elvis Presley in a fictional film about the legendary singer's meeting with President Richard Nixon in December 1970, according to Variety.

The film, called "Elvis & Nixon," may also star Danny Huston as Nixon. The actor is in final talks to participate on the project. Huston has starred in movies like "The Aviator" and " X-Men Origins: Wolverine." He is also the half-brother of the Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston.

Bana, 43, will also serve as an executive producer on the project. The actor recently starred in "Hanna" and has also had roles in "Funny People," "Star Trek" and "Hulk."

"Elivis & Nixon" will also mark the directorial debut of "The Princess Bride" actor Cary Elwes. Elwes wrote the script for the film, along with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal.

The film is based on a meeting between President Nixon and Presley that took place on December 21, 1970. Presley had written Nixon a six-page letter requesting that the two meet and asked to become a "Federal Agent-at-Large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

Presley was found dead in the bathroom of his mansion on Aug. 16, 1977. He was 42.

The industry paper notes that in the past Presley has been played by Don Johnson and Kurt Russell while "The Tudors" actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers played Presley in a miniseries for CBS in 2005. The role earned Rhys-Meyers a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television.

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