Following numerous screen tests late last month, “The Dead Don’t Die” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” actor Austin Butler has been set to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s untitled new feature for Warner Bros. Pictures.
The currently untitled project will focus on Presley’s relationship with his famed manager Colonel Tom Parker with Tom Hanks in negotiations to play him in the film.
Parker discovered Presley when he was an unknown and became his lone representation. He was responsible for various milestones, including Presley’s record deal with RCA and his successful acting career.
Butler beat out the likes of Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver”), Miles Teller (“Whiplash”) and former One Direction singer Harry Styles (“Dunkirk”) for the part. Luhrmann said in a statement:
“I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.
Throughout the casting process, it was an honor for me to encounter such a vast array of talent. I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in ‘The Iceman Cometh’ on Broadway, and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.”
Luhrmann wrote the script with Craig Pearce with plans to shoot in early 2020.
Source: The Wrap