Australian actor Eric Bana has signed on to play Rock 'n' Roll King Elvis Presley in Elvis & Nixon, directed by Cary Elwes, which marks the actor's directorial debut.

Danny Huston is in final negotiations to play President Richard Nixon in the movie, which centers on a Dec. 21, 1970, visit that Elvis Presley paid to Richard Nixon at the White House.

The meeting was initiated by Elvis Presley, who wrote Richard 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. Elvis Presley brought with him family photos and a Colt 45 pistol as a personal gift to the president.

Cary Elwes wrote the screenplay along with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal.

The movie will film in Shreveport, La., and Los Angeles.