We’ve got a few casting stories to share with you this evening. First up, Luke Wilson and Kevin Connolly have signed on to Elvis & Nixon. The indie drama centers around Elvis’ infamous meeting with President Richard Nixon. The film documents the culture-clash between Elvis and Nixon when the rock and roll superstar asked to be made a “Federal Agent-at-Large” in the bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Eric Bana is onboard as Elvis and Danny Huston will be taking on the role of Nixon. THR reports that Wilson will play one of Presley’s “Memphis Mafia”, and Connolly will take on the role of a limo driver. It’s a fairly insane premise, and one that could only be brought to life by the directorial debut of Cary Elwes.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and the drama Bomb.
While Steven Spielberg has two movies opening this holiday season mere days away from each other (War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin), the director is gearing up to helm his long-in-the-works period pic Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis is set as our nation’s 16th President, and now one more name has been added to the fairly stellar cast. Deadline reports that David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has joined the cast. The actor will play the role of a calvaryman in the drama. Oyelowo was seen this summer in The Help, and is currently filming the Tom Cruise-starrer One Shot. The enormous ensemble of Lincoln includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, and James Spader.
Finally, Elle Fanning and Alessandro Nivola (Jurassic Park III) are set to star in the drama Bomb. Written and directed by Sally Potter (Orlando), Deadline reports that the story centers on a teenage rebel (Fanning) bent on saving the world from nuclear annihilation who suffers a fallout with her father (Nivola), a writer in 1960s London who has an affair with her best friend. Fanning’s been building up quite the resume as of late, with notable turns in Super 8, Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, and Cameron Crowe’s upcoming We Bought a Zoo.