Tom Cruise has been wooing Jack Nicholson to join his in-the-works comedy El Presidente, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie was originally written be Peep Show and In the Loop’s Jesse Armstrong and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Daniel J. Goor, and has been in development for a few years. It follows “a straight-arrow Secret Service agent who is assigned to protect America’s worst former president, an alcoholic and womanizing sleazebag who was elevated from VP when the president died. When a threat is made on his life, the duo must go on the run.”
Cruise is on board to play the agent, and he and directly Doug Liman apparently made a personal visit to Nicholson’s house to convince him to play the boozy ex-president. Cruise and Nicholson go way back, having worked together in 1992’s A Few Good Men, and Cruise apparently won’t do the movie unless Nicholson’s on board.