Aaron Eckhart Joins Olympus Has Fallen as the President of the United States

Gerard Butler stars as a former Secret Service agent who springs into action when terrorists attack the White House.
BYBrian Gallagher | June 22nd, 2012

Aaron Eckhart becomes the President in Olympus Has FallenAaron Eckhart has joined the cast of director Antoine Fuqua's action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen for Millennium Entertainment.

The story centers on a former Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) who tries to save the White House after terrorists attack the presidential residence. The plot has been described as Die Hard in the White House. Aaron Eckhart is playing the President of the United States (will anyone believe a white man can be president?).

Newcomers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt wrote the screenplay. Gerard Butler will produce alongside his manager, Alan Siegel, and Millennium president Mark Gill. Trevor Short and Avi Lerner are executive producing.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in September. This project is not to be confused with Sony's White House Down, another action-thriller centering on an attack at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Guess what? They still have a black president. So, which one will you see?

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