Eric Bana to play Elvis Presley
October 24th, 2011
05:03 PM ET

Eric Bana to play Elvis Presley

We’re all shook up over this casting news. According to Variety, Eric Bana is set to play Elvis Presley in the upcoming film, “Elvis & Nixon.”

Interestingly, “Princess Bride” star Cary Elwes will direct the movie (his directorial debut), which is all about a December 21, 1970 White House visit. Yes, Elvis popped in on President Nixon.

Apparently, the superstar singer wrote President Nixon a six-page letter asking to swing by, and also suggested that he be made a "Federal Agent-at-Large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

As for who will play Tricky Dick, veteran actor Danny Huston is said to be in final negotiations to portray Richard M. Nixon.

Do you see curly-topped Aussie Eric as Elvis? We’ll wait to pass judgement until we see him in a bedazzled jumpsuit.

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  13. Trazey

    I love Eric Bana, loved Elvis! If they can make Richard Armitage at 6'2 look like a Hobbit, I'm sure they can do something with the big strapping fellow that is Eric Bana lol Thank you...thank you very much...

    November 10, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. Leo

    Elvis Presley would roll over in his grave if he knew what the music & entertanment field has become.....As for the actor to play as him in a movie what a joke.....Plus a movie has already been done about Elvis meets Nixon...

    October 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      You're saying this about a guy who wasted a decade of his life making just about the worst movies in the history of Hollywood? I'm an Elvis fan, but the vast majority of his movies sucked - and he would be the first to admit it (because he said as much when he was alive).

      October 26, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Demon Tentacle

    Bana killed the hulk? Try the director. I seriously doubt bana had anything to do with gama irratiated poodles.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Maxpayne

    Terrible casting choice...should have had Jason Lee do it. He's quite good in "Memphis Blues," was hilarious as "Earl" and awesome in "Dogma." He does it all. No easy task, but Bana managed to kill the Hulk.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • snaruh

      Yeah Jason Lee can do it all. As long as hes' playing Jason Lee. C'mon- hes' a character actor!! And Bana is awesome. He's more than a pretty face- he does stand up, races sports cars and has range-i.e. Star Trek

      October 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 25, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Guillermo Perez Arguello

      Weird guys lighten up easier than you may think, with the weirder doing it first.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
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    October 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
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  23. Guillermo Perez Arguello

    To TJ!! Hi!! The name of the chilean miner is Edison Peña and he´s about a tenth of an Elvis fan as I am (LOL). And I´m not either bragging nor kidding. Other than our both being huge fans of Elvis, our only other thing in common is that we are both Latin American. Regards

    October 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
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    Guillermo you left off Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell and Christian Slater in 3,000 Miles to Graceland! The only one on your list who resembles Elvis @ any stage of his life is Dale Midkiff.

    October 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guillermo Perez Arguello

      I left them out because they were not playing an Elvis character per se, but characters who are meant to look like Presley impersonators as part of the plot in a movie. Kindly go to
      and just check the differences involved.

      October 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guillermo Perez Arguello

      I think Michael St. Gerard and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the differences in height with the latter notwithstanding, looked like Elvis even more than did Dale Midkiff, but that's another story altogether. What producers of this movie will attempt is to recreate what they consider to be an interesting moment in recent history which, in my humble opinion, it is not, not in Nixon's life, not as far as Presley's is concerned. Much more intersting stories could be woven from, say, the two minutes he spent with Colin Powell, or the half hour he and Donals Rumsfelt spent talking aboiut the Army. Or the several meeting he had with Muhammed Ali, some of which were deleted from the original script for the movie "Ali".

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    • Snaruh

      A liberal stooge? Do you even know anything about him personally? Hes' pretty blue collar actually. Grew up middle class in Australia, got his career started in stand up and is avid about sprots and racing cars.

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    • Trazey

      A liberal? Elvis was a pretty well-known conservative dude.

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  26. Guillermo Perez-Arguello

    Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello · University of Oxford
    Erin Bana now joins this alphabetically arranged list of close to 50 actors who've inhabitated an Elvis character, either fictional or in non-fiction, for TV, the big screen, or in a play, in at least 54 productions. This does not incliuded a further 100 actors who've played Presley impersonators.

    1. Jonah Baker, Lives and Deaths of the Poets (2011).
    2. Eric Bana, Elvis & Nixon (2012).
    3. Paul Boensch, This Is Elvis (1981).
    ... 4. Lucas Cain, Elvis (1990)(TV mini-series).
    5. Bruce Campbell, Bubba Ho-Tep (2002).
    6. Peter Dobson
    i) Forrest Gump (1994).
    ii) Protecting the King (2007).
    7. Casting as of 16/09/11 Sgt. Presley (2012)
    8. Casting as of 16/09/11 Fame and fortune (2012).
    9. David Dunavent (1990)(TV mini-series).
    10. Jerry Eeten Aaron Presley (Elvis re-incarnated) Elvis took a bullit (2001).
    11. Rob Fenton, Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol (1999)(TV-made).
    12. Martin Fox, Give My Head Peace (2003)(BBC TV comedy show).
    13. Randy Gray,(1979)(TV-made)
    14. Johnny Harra, This Is Elvis (1981).
    15. Greg Hemphil, Eilbeas (2008)(TV-made).
    16. Tyler Hilton, Walk the Line (2006).
    17. Paul Hipp, Liberace: Behind the Music (1988)(TV-made).
    18. Don Johnson, Elvis and the Beauty Queen (1981)(TV-made).
    19. Stephen Jones, Mystery Train (1989).
    20. Harvey Keitel, Finding Graceland (1998).
    21. David Keith, Heartbreak Hotel (1988).
    22. Val Kilmer, True Romance (1993).
    23. Shawn Wayne Klush, Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (1999)(TV mini-series).
    24. Matt Lewis, Tears of a King (2008).
    25. Steve Martin, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (1993, play).
    26. Dana MacKay, This Is Elvis (1981).
    27. Gil McKinney, Elvis Has Left the Building (2004).
    28. Karlo Metikos, Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story (1985)(TV).
    29. Dale Midkiff, Elvis and Me (1988)(TV-made).
    30. Chunkey Pandey, Hello, Darling (2008).
    31. Ryan Pelton, Hounddog (2008).
    32. Robert Patrick, Lonely Street (2008).
    33. Rick Peters, Elvis meets Nixon (1997)(TV-made).
    34. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Elvis (TV miniseries)(2005).
    35. Kurt Russell, Elvis (1979)(TV-made).
    36. David Scott, This Is Elvis (1981).
    37. Martin Shaw, Are You Lonesome Tonight?(1985, play).
    38. Jason Alan Smith, Crazy (2008).
    39. Ed Shifres Elvis Presley King and Me, The (1999).
    40. John Sparks, Smokin' Mary Jane (2002).
    41. Jack Smink, Buried dreams (2005).
    42. Frank Stallone, Angels with angles (2005).
    43. Michael St. Gerard
    i) Elvis (1990)(TV mini-series).
    ii) Great Balls of Fire!(1989).
    iii)Heart of Dixie (1989).
    44. George Thomas, Elvis returns-(2009).
    45. Jeff Yagher, The Twilight Zone – Season 2, "The Once And Future King" (1986).
    46. Rob Youngblood, Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story (1993)(TV-made).
    47. Jack White, Walk Hard (2007).
    48. Donny Edwards, Elvis at War (2010)(HBO TV-made).
    49. Casting as of 24/10/11, Last train to Memphis (2012).

    October 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guillermo Perez Arguello

      As can be established from a quick read of the above list, looking like Elvis Presley has no bearing on how an Elvis character is cast (LOL). I can think, right off the top of my head of Steve Martin, Jack White, Robert Patrick, Tyler Hilton, Harvey Keitel and Eric Baba himsef as DEFINITIVELY not looking like Presley, at no point of their careers, or that of Elvis for that matter.

      October 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
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      October 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Mr. Perez-Arguello, are you the Chilean miner that is a big Elvis fan??

      October 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
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