Just to clarify: This is not the Roland Emmerich film wherein Jamie Foxx, President, is saved by a Secret Service agent with remarkable similarities to Channing Tatum. Olympus Has Fallen is, rather, Antoine Fuqua‘s take on the same basic set-up — but, this time, Gerard Butler tries to rescue the Commander in Chief from Oval Office-inhabiting terrorists.
Despite a slow pace on on that project, Variety reports that Aaron Eckhart is now the second member of a soon-to-blossom cast, having been selected for the one-and-only Presidential role. A good, reliable pick of an actor, though the extent of his onscreen work remains a slight mystery; if Butler plays a guy trying to rescue him, wouldn’t you, logically, not see much of the character? But if I go and apply words like “logic” to a big-gunned action movie, the whole (white) house of cards just comes tumbling down. Anyway, I still think he’d make a more charismatic leader than (the entirely likeable) Jamie Foxx.
Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt have already written the screenplay, while Millennium Films and Butler are producing Olympus Has Fallen for a September commencement. Which means, come next year, this and White House Down are practically going to make “Die Hard in the White House” a new catchphrase.
Does Eckhart have the potential to elevate Olympus above the competition?
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