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Actor Austin Butler to Star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's New Movie

Monday Jul 15, 2019
Actor Austin Butler
Actor Austin Butler  (Source:Instagram / @austinbutler)

Actor Austin Butler will star as music icon Elvis Presley in an upcoming biopic by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, according to Variety.

A number of actors, including "Baby Driver" star Ansel Elgort (who is set to star in Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" remake) as well as rapper G-Eazy and "Too Old to Die Young" star Miles Teller, were among the handful of men who tried out as Presley. Variety reports Warner Bros. Studios had the actors test in full hair and makeup at the end of June for the role.

"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. "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."

The movie, which also stars Tom Hanks who plays Presley's manager Col. Tom Parker, was co-written by the "Moulin Rouge!" director and Craig Pearce. Variety notes the film will follow Presley's relationship with Parker. The movie marks Luhrmann's first film since the 2012 Leonardo DiCaprio starrer "The Great Gatsby." He also worked on the Netflix series "The Get Down," which has since been canceled.

Butler recently appeared in the Jim Jarmusch zombie satire "The Dead Don't Die" and will play Tex Watson a.k.a. Charles Denton Watson Jr. in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film "Once Upon a Time in...Hollywood."

The Presley biopic will start shooting in early 2020 in order to work with Hank's schedule, according to Variety.


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