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Briefly: Doug Liman just directed Tom Cruise in the sci-fi time-warp film Edge of Tomorrow, and now Liman is coming on board a movie that Cruise has been trying to make since 2010. The film is El Presidente, about “a straight-arrow Secret Service agent who is assigned to protect America’s worst former president, an alcoholic and womanizing sleazebag who never won a presidential election but was elevated from VP when the president died.” The two are forced on an awkward road trip when a threat puts them on the run together.

For years, Cruise has hoped to land Jack Nicholson to play the President and in so doing achieve a little A Few Good Men reunion. THR reports that while Liman has come aboard, the two haven’t yet convinced Nicholson to do more than read the script. (That’s by Jesse Armstrong and Daniel J. Goor with a rewrite by Paul Attanasio.) Supposedly Cruise doesn’t want to do the film without Nicholson, but that might just be sales pitch.

There was a point when Robert Downey Jr. might have played the ex-POTUS, back when Jay Roach was going to direct. We don’t have any sense of whether someone similar might be next in line if Nicholson says no.

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If Jay Roach has his way, two of the biggest, busiest movie stars in the world will be starring in a buddy comedy he’s directing called El Presidente. Roach, the director of Austin Powers as well as this summer’s The Campaign, is courting Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. for the film, written by Parks and Recreation writer Dan Goor, about a Secret Service agent guarding the worst President ever. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Well, we don’t much like Mission: Impossible 2 either, but this almost seems like quite a serious move by Tom Cruise in opposition to his M:I2 director John Woo. (It probably isn’t anything more than standard business, however.) Mr. Woo has been developing  a WWII film called Flying Tigers, and hopes (hoped?) to have Liam Neeson appear in the picture when it shoots next spring.

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise reportedly wants to play a fighter pilot in a period picture, and he and producers at Fox and New Regency have hired a writer to pen a new draft of their own Flying Tigers film. Read More »

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This could be pretty tasty: Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, whose 1992 onscreen interaction previously produced one of the most recognizable and oft-quoted scenes in movie history, may work together again. In a comedy, no less. Read More »

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