Aaron Eckhart to Play Lantern-Jawed President in That Other White House Takeover Film

On one side, we have Roland Emmerich, Channing Tatum, and Jamie Foxx.

On the other, we have Antoine Fuqua, Gerard Butler, and Aaron Eckhart.

In the middle? Similarly themed and plotted films that have (apparently) both been deemed “Die Hard in the White House.” Choose a side now or…choose one later when the films are actually made? Variety reports that Eckhart has now joined the cast of Fuqua’s film, Olympus Has Fallen in the role of President of the United States (that’s the Jamie Foxx role, for those of you still trying to keep track). Eckhart’s good locks and lantern jaw seem pretty classically presidential, which is fair enough, because Emmerich’s White House Down is obviously going for awesome, ass-kicking points with Foxx.

Just like White House Down, Olympus Has Fallen centers on a White House overtaken by baddies, with a lone Secret Service agent able to save the day (as of now, the lone difference between the two films appears to be that Olympus’s savior agent is retired, while White House’s good guy is still on the job).

Eckhart will next be seen in I, Frankenstein, which opens on February 22, 2013.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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