Austin Butler will Play “The King of Rock & Roll” in Upcoming Biopic

Austin Butler will Play “The King of Rock & Roll” in Upcoming Biopic

Austin Butler has been chosen to play Elvis Presley in an upcoming biopic. Is he a good pick?

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Austin Butler is officially cast to play Elvis Presley in upcoming music biography movie. Alongside Butler, Tom Hanks is set to star in the Biopic as Presley’s manager, Col. Tom Parker. The storyline is said to be “A Biopic about Elvis Presley, with a focus on his early years.”

Parker’s widow, Loanne Parker, told TMZ that Hanks is the perfect actor to play her late husband. Parker managed Presley’s career from 1955 to 1977.

The currently untitled drama is going to be directed by Baz Luhrmann who co-wrote the screenplay with Craig Pearce. The pair also wrote ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Moulin Rouge!’ together. The biopic is produced by Luhrmann as well as his wife, Catherine Martin. They’ve been developing this project since they finished ‘The Great Gatsby’ in 2013.

Luhrmann took his time deciding on who would be the perfect fit to play Presley. Other stars that auditioned and tested for the role were Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Harry Styles, according to IMDb.

“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 standout role opposite Denzel Washington in The Icemann Cometh on Broadway, and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I know unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of the world’s most iconic musical figures.”

This year, Butler was seen on screen in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die.’

Vanessa Hudgens, Butler’s girlfriend since 2011, has been vocally ecstatic about Butler’s recent casting. On her Instagram she posted the news with her caption saying “I AMMMM OVERRRR THE FUCKING MOOOOOOOOONNNNN. I CANT WAIT SO PROUD OF MY HONEYYYYY!!!”

The status of the movie is still in pre-production but it is set to be shot in Queensland, Australia this fall.


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