Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey to play title roles in Elvis & Nixon movie

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There are few intersections of pop culture and American politics that have generated more buzz than the 1970 meeting between the “King of Rock ‘n Roll” Elvis Presley and former U.S. President Richard Nixon. The photo that resulted from that famous meeting remains one of the most frequently requested images in the National Archives to this day. Now an upcoming movie will bring this weird, surreal moment in American history to the big screen, and it’ll feature two of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Revolutionary Road and Man Of Steel actor Michael Shannon and Oscar-winning American Beauty and The Usual Suspects actor Kevin Spacey will play Presley and Nixon, respectively, in the appropriately titled Elvis & Nixon. The film will be based on the meeting that famously resulted in Presley being given a badge and official “agent-at-large” position in the recently formed federal agency known as The Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

Directed by Liza Johnson (ReturnHateship Loveship), the film is adapted from a screenplay co-written by The Princess Bride actor Cary Elwes, Hanala Sagal, and Joey Sagal.

“It’s almost hard to fathom this story which evolved in the oval office between these two extraordinary men,” said Bloom production company’s Alex Walton in an official statement announcing the project. “It’s almost too good to be true.”

There’s no release date set for Elvis & Nixon at this point.