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Warner Bros. Still Want Tom Cruise For 'El Presidente' & Are Eyeing Robert Downey Jr. To Join Him; Jay Roach To Direct

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 14, 2012 at 5:54PM

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. About two years ago, reports went around that Warner Bros. were hoping to re-team "A Few Good Men" duo Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson for "El Presidente." It was denied a couple days later, with reps saying that Cruise wasn't officially attached, but clearly the studio were interested...and they still are, as the project is now surfacing again.
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Tom Cruise Robert Downey Jr. Jay Roach

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. About two years ago, reports went around that Warner Bros. were hoping to re-team "A Few Good Men" duo Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson for "El Presidente." It was denied a couple days later, with reps saying that Cruise wasn't officially attached, but clearly the studio were interested...and they still are, as the project is now surfacing again.

Vulture has the latest word that the studio is now toying with the idea of pairing up Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. for the flick, that has "comedy no-brainer" written all over it. Penned by Dan Goor ("Last Call With Carson Daly," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," "Parks & Recreation") the story follows a Secret Service agent who is assigned to cover the worst former President, and the two are forced to go on the run when the ex-president's life is put in danger. So a mix of "Midnight Run" and "Guarding Tess" or something? Anyway, WB wants Cruise to play the agent and RDJ to be the sleazy ex-pres. But realistically, everybody wants these two guys for everything and they are both attached to about a zillion projects at any one time, so if it doesn't work out, don't be surprised. Both their schedules are crazy packed in the immediate future ("Iron Man 3," "All You Need Is Kill") and who knows what else may come down the line for them. So yeah, potentially great but...."potential" is the key word here.

Anyway, Goor is taking another crack at the script with Jay Roach looking to add to his political movie filmography -- "Recount," "Game Change," "The Campaign" -- by taking the director's chair on this one. So we'll see if the stars align...or if they don't. 

This article is related to: El Presidente, Jay Roach, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr.


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