Michael Shannon to Play Elvis Presley in New Film?
Showbiz411's Roger Friedman reports exclusively that Boardwalk Empire's Michael Shannon is "circling the role" of iconic performer Elvis Presley in a new film which centers on The King's now famous White House meeting with President Richard Nixon. The photograph has already inspired a 1997 TV film.
A black and white photo taken on December 21, 1970 shows Elvis presenting a gun to the President. During the visit, Elvis reportedly bad-mouthed The Beatles and accused them of being Anti-American. Nixon sent the movie icon a personal letter following the occasion.
Michael Shannon has proven himself expertly adept at portraying anti-heroes judging from his stunning work onstage and onscreen in the Tracy Letts drama BUG as well as in Martin McDonagh's THE PILLOWMAN in addition to many other notable unpleasant characters to date, ranging from REVOLUTIONARY ROAD to BOARDWALK EMPIRE to the forthcoming THE ICEMAN. Shannon was most recently seen onstage last year in GRACE, co-starring Paul Rudd.