The “King” is embodied by actor Austin Butler and will star Tom Hanks in the role of the historic manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The film is expected in theaters on June 22.
Crazy wick escaped from the banana, swaying and Jailhouse Rock resounding… No doubt: it is indeed about Elvis Presley. The trailer ofElvis, a biopic dedicated to the rockabilly legend, has just been unveiled. Announced for November, then delayed due to the pandemic, the film will finally be screened in French theaters on June 22. Elvis also marks the return to the cinema of Baz Luhrmann, who has not directed since Gatsby the magnificent in 2013.
This biopic, Baz Luhrmann wanted to include it in its time. “Someone like Shakespeare would take a very famous iconic character to explore a larger theme. If you want to explore 1950s, 1960s and 1970s America, you can’t choose a more iconic life than that of Elvis Presley.”he argues in an interview posted on Twitter.
On the casting side, the profiles were eclectic before finding the one who would embody the “King”. Ansel Elgort (Divergent), Harry Styles (Dunkirk), Miles Teller (whiplash) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla) were approached but never chosen. Finally, Austin Butler, seen in The Dead Don’t Die and more briefly in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood won the first role, – the first of his short career – with Baz Luhrmann.
Austin Butler will play Tom Hanks, recognizable even under his makeup. The double Oscar-winning actor takes on the role of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’ historic manager. As for Olivia DeJonge, she will play the wife of Elvis, Priscilla, whose place is preponderant in the rise of the singer. Other artists such as BB King (Kelvin Harrison Jr, seen in Twelve Years A Slave), and Little Richard (played by model Alton Mason).
In parallel with his twenty-year career, Elvis inscribes the complex relationship between the diva and her manager. As the trailer illustrates, Colonel Parker spots the unknown Elvis Presley at just 19 years old and instantly thrusts him into the spotlight. In a few months, he landed him a contract with the RCA Victor label. The musical and cinematographic projects as well as the health problems of Elvis were worth some disputes between the two men. The colonel will follow his protege until his death on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42.