Evan Peters Moves from a Freak Show Tent to the White House for Elvis and Nixon

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He has charmed us thoroughly over the past three seasons of American Horror Story (we’ll just forget how he scared the pants off us in season 1) and made his X-Men debut as Quicksilver in Days of Future Past, now Evan Peters has scored himself a role in the indie film Elvis and Nixon, reports Deadline.

The historical drama revolves around a 1970 meeting between two kings of their fields: The King, Elvis Presley and President of the United States, Richard Nixon. The meeting resulted in what Deadline describes as “one of the more curious White House photo ops in pop culture history.” The purpose of the meeting? Elvis’ desire to become a federal agent to support Nixon’s drug policy.

The premise of the film sounds, well to be honest, quite boring and not a lot to work with. The film was originally written covering events during the week of the meeting, however, the film’s package was reconfigured before it was floated at the American Film Market last November. As part of the reconfiguring, a number of script revisions were incorporated. It is unclear whether the film’s time period was part of those revisions.

The meeting itself sounds highly entertaining:

“On the morning of December 21, 1970, Presley showed up on the White House lawn asking to speak with the president at the height of his revived rock ‘n’ roll stardom. President Nixon received him in the Oval Office, where they discussed the patriotic Presley’s views on drug use and hippies (he didn’t care for either, though he would develop an addiction to barbiturates), and the King asked to be sworn in as an undercover federal agent, leaving behind a gifted Colt .45 for the president.”

However, I’m not sure whether it’s enough to hold my attention for a feature length film.

What the project does have going for it, is its stellar cast. Kevin Spacey is lined up to play President Nixon with Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire) as Elvis. Peters is set to play White House aide, Dwight Chapin, who helped make the meeting happen following Elvis’ appearance at the White House.

Liza Johnson is directing the film, from a script written by Cary Elwes with Hanala Sagal and Joey Sagal. There has been no date set for the beginning of filming.

You can catch Peters in the penultimate episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show this Wednesday January 14 at 10/9c on FX.

Clare Sidoti
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