For decades, the most requested photo from the National Archives is an image featuring a meeting between music icon Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon in 1970. The story of this iconic meeting has finally made it to the big screen in the new movie Elvis & Nixon, with IMDB revealing the first trailer. The trailer debut is especially significant, since today is Elvis Presley's birthday.
Elvis & Nixon tells the story about Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) visiting President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) at the White House in December of 1970. The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit and suggesting that he be made a 'Federal Agent-at-Large' in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Presley brought with him family photos and a Colt 45 pistol as a personal gift to the President.
The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock 'n Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. This intimate moment in the Oval office between two men at the height of their powers has never been told. Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street Media have also released the first poster, along with the new footage.
The supporting cast includes Evan Peters, Alex Pettyfer, Colin Hanks, Johnny Knoxville, Tracy Letts, Tate Donovan, Ashley Benson and singer Sky Ferreira. Elvis & Nixon is directed by Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship) from a screenplay by Joe Sagal, Hanala Sagal and Cary Elwes. Elvis & Nixon will face quite a bit of competition when it hits theaters this spring.
Bleecker Street has set an April 15 release date for Elvis & Nixon, putting it up against The Jungle Book, Amityville: The Awakening, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Everybody Wants Some and Criminal. Take a look at the first footage and poster for Elvis & Nixon, and let us know what you think. Are you compelled enough by this true story to see how it plays out in theaters?