Tom Cruise & Robert Downey Jr. May Team For ‘El Presidente’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 23rd, 2013 at 9:33 am,

Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. are two of the biggest movie stars on the planet. Cruise is coming off Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol - the biggest film of his career, while Downey Jr. is currently flying high in The Avengers - the biggest opening film of all time. The pair both starred in Ben Stiller’s comedy hit Tropic Thunder, and it now looks like they’ll be re-teaming for director Jay Roach’s action/comedy El Presidente.

Roach is the director behind a slew of successful comedy films including the Austin Powers trilogy, Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers and he also helmed the upcoming political satire The Campaign, which stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. It appears that El Presidente will also have a political slant, because according to Vulture:

“It follows an overzealous Secret Service agent whose work-life boundary issues get him reassigned to the inglorious task of guarding America’s worst former president, who is a bumbling sleaze. The job suddenly becomes exciting when a threat is made on the ex-president’s life and they must go on the run.”

Warner Bros. is keen to get the film going with Cruise playing the Secret Service agent and Downey Jr. taking on the role of the President. It’s suitable casting when you look at the real life personas of the two actors: Cruise’s public image is that of an eager professional who will stop at nothing to get the job done, while Downey Jr. comes across as a devil-may-care livewire. The combination of mixing them together could lead to some very interesting on-screen chemistry.

Roach is a proficient comedy director, and movie star charisma can get you so far, but a good quality script is needed to make this film work, and Warner Bros. believes that it has that in Dan Goor’s screenplay. It must be noted that both Cruise and Downey Jr. are very busy actors, with limited time in their schedules, so this dream casting combo may not come to pass. Tom Cruise has a batch of projects in the pipeline including a fifth Mission: Impossible film and Top Gun sequel, while Robert Downey Jr. has Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2 and a possible third Sherlock Holmes movie on the way. So, it’s going to take a lot of juggling to make this pairing work – but if anything can overcome these issues, it’s money, and El Presidente has the potential to make heaps of it.

Keep reading Screen Rant for more details on El Presidente.

Source: Vulture

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  1. I loved Tropic Thunder and it’s been such a long time since I’ve seen a movie like that.
    I’m also a huge fan of RDJ and most of his movies and Cruise’s latest MI4 movie was pretty awesome as well.
    As for Roach, the Austin Powers movies were great and I enjoyed the first two Meet the Parents movies as well (the third one was $^!* though).

    All-in-all, this is pretty great news. LOADS of potential for ‘El Presidente’ IMO – can’t wait.

  2. Love both of these guys so this is good news. They’re gonna have a short first lady though. Or 2 pairs of high heels!

    • Hahaha!

  3. Yes! This could be brilliant! RDJ can do no wrong IMO, and Cruise is riding high after MI:GP, so this could be a lot of fun.

  4. To see RDJ and Cruise in one movie feels like the “Avengers” of Action/Comedy. Should be awesome

    • whats funny Tom Cruise was rumored long time ago to play Iron Man LOL

  5. Loved Tropic Thunder, big fan of Robert Downey Jr, but I’m afraid Cruise will ruin it for me.

    But i will keep an open mind. Prove me wrong tom!

    • Cruise was great in MI4 IMO – if you haven’t seen it yet, you should check it out. Plus, he was incredibly funny in Tropic Thunder as well (it wasn’t until my second viewing that I noticed it was really him playing the movie producer!)

      • When I read the credits after the film and I saw the name Tom Cruise I could’t believe it, even as I paused the scenes with him. It was hilarious.

      • MI4 wasn’t terrible, but I didn’t find it overly good either. But I must give the man credit, his role in Tropic Thunder was spot on. If this turns into more of the same, I will be a fan.

    • are you trolling? This is about the only guy besides DiCaprio who give stellar performances and your money’s worth at the theater.

  6. Man I hope this happens and doesn’t go the way of “The Hardy Men” (Stiller and Cruise as the Hardy Boys) which never happened.

  7. DOES sound like fun – but Niall has a good point about the screenplay. What else has Goor written? Anything I might recognize?

    • …just IMDB’d him. Former writer for Late Night With Conan O’Brien (!?!) – that’s all they had.

      • According to Wikipedea, he’s the producer of ‘Parks and Recreations’ and he was also a writer for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

  8. I really hope this becomes a reality… sounds like a lot of fun and it would feature two of my favorite actors.

  9. I’ve never watched Tropic Thunder but this looks too good to be missed.

  10. So far sounds awesometacular, I think tom Cruise and RDJ are great actors and when they can also be great comedians.

  11. “so this dream casting combo may not come to pass”

    I think it will, sooner or later, they would both profit so much from each others fame.
    As the article says, they are two of the biggest movie stars on the planet.
    Put the two in one good movie and it would break some box-office records, too, IMO.

    PS: I don’t really like Tom Cruise, but if he would do more such things like in Tropic Thunder, I could start to like him a little bit more.

  12. Really don’t like Cruise as an actor. Would probably see this because of admiration for RDJ but only after I’ve seen at least two weeks of really good reviews.

  13. Why not switch the role? Cruise as the ex-president and RDJ as the secret agent? It will be interesting to see either man out of their near stereotypical role. How many times have we seen Cruise as a secret agent or RDJ as a “devil-may-care livewire” for the last decade? It’s gonna be weird though, but could be interesting.

  14. Why is it called El Presidente if both leads are white? Shouldn’t it simply be called The President?

  15. I might be the only one, but I thought Tropic Thunder was about as much fun as rectal surgery. A real one note joke.

    • Tropic Thunder was hilarious!
      Go watch it again! ;)

  16. Correct me if I am wrong, looking at the filmography of these two. RDJ has not shown any consistency out of franchise or superhero movies. Tom Cruise movies still make $$ just by casting him in a lead role. Topic of the movie seems irrelevant. If he’s lead, media will advertise the living hell out of it at no cost.

    I say he tells these ones off and start on MI5 already. The producers of El Presidente are just trying to make money off of RDJ’s superhero movies effect and Tom Cruise’s moviestar status.