Luhrmann finds his Elvis in Butler

Baz Luhrmann has selected Austin Butler to play Elvis Presley opposite Tom Hanks’ Colonel Tom Parker in the untitled biopic the “Moulin Rouge” helmer directs for Warner Bros.

The film, which explores the seminal legend’s growth from dirt poor singer to global icon, seen through the prism of his complex relationship over two decades with manager Parker, will shoot early next year in Queensland, Australia, with the Burbank-brewed water tower distributing worldwide.

Butler, whose credits include “The Dead Don’t Die” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, bet Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Harry Styles to the role of the Hound Dog crooner.

“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,” Luhrmann said in a statement to Deadline. “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.”

Via ‘Deadline

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