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Eric Bana: Elvis In 'Elvis & Nixon,' Cary Elwes Directorial Debut

Eric Bana

First Posted: 10/24/11 10:37 AM ET Updated: 12/24/11 05:12 AM ET

Add Eric Bana to the long list of those who would be the King.

While there was only one Elvis Presley, a whole cottage industry revolves around impersonating the star. And it's not just made up of the Las Vegas street impersonators, either; plenty of TV shows and films have depictions of the late rocker. Now, Bana, best known for his work in films such as "Hulk" and "Munich," will take on Presley's late career rhinestones in actor Cary Elwes directorial debut.

Variety reports that Bana will play Elvis in "Elvis & Nixon," which will be based on the bizarre-but-true story of the time Presley met with President Nixon in hopes of becoming a Federal Agent-at-Large in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. As for Nixon, the former President will be played by Danny Huston.

Bana joins a long line of stars who have played Elvis. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers took on the role in the CBS mini-series, "Elvis," in 2005, while Kurt Russell played the part in a 1979 made for TV film. Peter Dobson has played him twice, both in "Forrest Gump" and the TV mini-series, "Protecting the King."

As for Nixon, he's also been portrayed quite often in popular culture. Frank Langella played the Republican in "Frost/Nixon," while Anthony Hopkins took on the role in 1995's "Nixon."

For more, click over to Variety.

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