Jack Nicholson being eyed to co-star…

According to THR, Doug Liman (‘Everest,’ ‘The Bourne Identity’) is set to take the director’s chair for ‘El Presidente,’ the Warner Bros. action comedy that has Liman’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ star Tom Cruise attached to star.

The Jesse Armstrong and Daniel J. Goor-scripted project is about “a straight-arrow Secret Service agent whose work-life boundary issues get him reassigned to the inglorious task of guarding America’s worst former president, a bumbling alcoholic sleaze who never won a presidential election but was elevated from VP when the president died. When a threat is made on the ex-president’s life, the duo must go on the run.”

When we first heard of the project, Robert Downey, Jr. was being eyed for the role of the ex-president, but the trade is hearing from its sources that Cruise’s ‘Few Good Men’ co-star Jack Nicholson is being courted for the pivotal role.