First announced over a year-and-a-half ago, the studio comedy El Presidente has a possible director and some new potential casting. After helming their Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis political satire The Campaign, set for release this summer, Warner Bros. seems to like what Jay Roach is doing behind the camera. Vulture reports he’s now in talks to direct this new comedy from Dan Goor (Parks & Recreation).
Last we heard, A Few Good Men stars Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson may reunite for the film, but now only the former is mentioned, while the other role is being tied to his Tropic Thunder co-star Robert Downey Jr. The comedy follows “a dedicated Secret Service agent (Cruise, if he signs on) assigned to protect a bumbling and degenerate ex-president. (possibly Downey Jr.)” Things than take a very different turn when they “go on the run together when a threat is made on the life of the ex-president.”
Coming off Game Change, the seems like the next in Roach’s pseudo political trilogy; his HBO movie being an account of real-life events, while this summer’s Campaign being a political satire, then this project more of a straight-up comedy. The combo of Cruise and Downey Jr. seems all to perfect for this kind of project. Hopefully we’ll hear more soon as Roach wraps up his next film.
What do you think about Cruise and Downey Jr. possibly teaming up?