Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon to star in Elvis and Nixon

'Elvis & Nixon' - the new film written by actor Cary Elwes - is to feature Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon

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Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon are to star in the period drama 'Elvis & Nixon'.

Deadline reports that the film, written by actor Cary Elwes, will see two-time Oscar winner Spacey, 55, play the role of President Nixon, with Shannon assuming the part of Elvis, the legendary rocker.

'Elvis & Nixon' will tell the story of a strange real-life meeting between two of the most important figures of the 20th centuries, both of whom courted a fair degree of controversy through the course of their respective careers.

The particular meeting occurred on December 21, 1970, when Elvis appeared on the White House lawn asking to speak with the President, who received him in the Oval Office.

The pair discussed Elvis' views on drug use and hippies, while the music icon also asked to be sworn in as an undercover federal agent.

Both men were at the height of their respective careers when the famous meeting took place, but less than four years later, Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal. And three years after that, Elvis was dead aged 42.

Shooting for the film - which takes place over the course of a week - is set to begin early next year.

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