Baz Luhrmann Shares Teaser and New Release Date for Upcoming Elvis Biopic Starring Austin Butler

David Galvan

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Austin Butler is shown as the King in a new teaser video for Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming Elvis biopic. Luhrmann has earned a reputation for himself directing lavish productions. He tackled Shakespeare with his contemporary interpretation of Romeo + Juliet. He directed the glittering Parisian play Moulin Rouge! and also directed The Great Gatsby, which takes place during the Roaring Twenties. The next film by the Australian filmmaker will concentrate on an American musical hero, charting Elvis Presley’s popularity as well as the complicated connection with Colonel Tom Parker, the man who found him in 1955.

Austin Butler was selected as Elvis Presley in the Summer of 2019 after a long hunt for the principal actor. The relative newcomer is recognized for his roles in Arrow, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and The Iceman Cometh, which he co-wrote with Denzel Washington. Other shortlisted stars were Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, and Harry Styles, who will shortly appear in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. Parker will be played by Tom Hanks, who has previously revealed a new appearance based on the mysterious manager’s bald, bespectacled manner.

On Twitter, Luhrmann presents the much-anticipated teaser video for Elvis, promising fans that the picture will be released this summer. At the conclusion of the trailer, the filmmaker uses the singer’s favourite slogan, “taking care of business,” which is also written as TCB. Butler’s Elvis is first seen in this 21-second teaser, which teases his slicked-back hair and signature clothes, which consists of a black leather jacket and a white suit. Here’s a sneak peek at the Elvis teaser:

The trailer is limited on specific information, with the slo-mo pace serving as a mystery introduction to the upcoming biopic, but a few hints are scattered throughout. TCB – which is decorated on the monitor by a bolt of lightning – was Elvis’ acronym for his band beginning in 1969, in addition to being his slogan. The video is also set to a remixed version of his 1969 hit “Suspicious Minds,” implying that the film would most likely occur near that decade’s conclusion. Apart from Hanks’ Parker, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of Elvis’ mother, and Olivia DeJonge’s portrayal of his wife, Priscilla, the teaser is devoid of any co-stars.

The trailer is limited on specific information, with the slo-mo pace serving as a mystery introduction to the upcoming biopic, but a few hints are scattered throughout. TCB – which is decorated on the monitor by a bolt of lightning – was Elvis’ acronym for his band beginning in 1969; it was also his slogan. The video is set to a remixed version of his 1969 hit “Suspicious Minds,” implying that the film would most likely take place near the conclusion of that decade.  Apart from Hanks’ Parker, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of Elvis’ mother, and Olivia DeJonge’s portrayal of his wife Priscilla, the teaser is devoid of any other co-stars.

The release schedule has been chosen after a sequence of painful delays and cancellations. The film’s development started in 2014, and production began last year before becoming suspended in March owing to Hanks’ positive test for COVID-19. Elvis was originally set to debut in October 2021. Though Elvis has been represented on cinema and television several times, this is the first true biography in years. In 1979, John Carpenter created a TV film starring Kurt Russell called Elvis Presley, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers portrayed the hip-swaying artist in 2005 miniseries. Luhrmann, on the other hand, seems to be the right guy for the job of directing a definitive Elvis biography. He is well-versed in musicals and has a flamboyant, opulent style that suits the King’s larger-than-life image. Luhrmann will undoubtedly reveal additional footage—and perhaps musical performances—from Elvis in the following months.

Cast information of the Elvis Biopic

As per people.com, the following actors will join the show – 

  • Austin Butler portrays Elvis Presley
  • Tom Hanks portrays Colonel Tom Parker
  • Chaydon Jay portrays pre-teen Elvis
  • Priscilla Presley is played by Olivia DeJonge.
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe is played by Yola Quartey.
  • Jerry Schilling is played by Luke Bracey.
  • B.B. King is played by Kelvin Harrison Jr.
  • Steve Binder is played by Dacre Montgomery.
  • Gladys Presley, Elvis’ mother, is played by Helen Thomson.
  • Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father, is played by Richard Roxburgh.
  • Hank Snow is played by David Wenham.
  • Alton Mason portrays Little Richard
  • Leon Ford portrays Tom Diskin
  • Kate Mulvany in the role of Marion Keisker
  • David Gannon in the role of Charlie Hodge
  • Adam Dunn in the role of Bill Black
  • Alex Radu in the role of George Klein
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee portrays Jimmie Rodgers

Apart from them, the creator also announced the name of Gareth Davies, Charles Grounds, Josh McConville, Natasha Bassett, and Xavier Samuel. However, it is not declared for which role they are selected.

Who is Austin Butler?

Austin Butler is a 29-year-old actor from California. He began his acting career as a child in Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. He played Lionel Scranton in the second and third seasons of the show. His part was mostly in the background, but he was offered a little more prominent guest role opposite Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana following that. In the second season episode, “My Best Friend’s Boyfriend,” he portrayed Derek Hanson, who accompanies Miley on her worst date ever. Butler went on to portray the romantic lead Zoey in the fourth season of Zoey 101.

 

 

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