NEW YORK – Harvey Keitel as Elvis Presley? Bridget Fonda as Marilyn Monroe? That’s the plan for “Graceland,” a $10 million film written and to be directed by David Winkler, sources said. Deals haven’t yet been finalized, but the casting is nearly worked out for the film, to be produced by Avenue’s Cary Brokaw and financed by Largo Entertainment.
Largo chairman-CEO Barr Potter confirmed that Jonathan Schaech, who starred in “That Thing You Do,” will play a man whose life is shattered when his wife is killed in a car accident. He’s helped through his depression by a man who might be Elvis Presley, who’s in his late 50s. Unless the deal checks into heartbreak hotel, the King will be Keitel, who just starred with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Stanley Kubrick’s top secret film. Fonda will play a Monroe impersonator who plays a pivotal role in rescuing the protagonist.
“It’s part fantasy, part fable,” Potter said. “You don’t know throughout the story whether or not he’s Elvis, but he’s this guy who’s disappeared from public view, and travels the country helping people in need.” Potter said the film will start production in early March under the direction of Winkler, son of producer/director Irwin Winkler.It’s the second recent Largo project for Keitel, who recently completed starring with Stephen Dorff and Timothy Hutton in “City of Industry.”