With Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, we’ve recently seen Hollywood pay tribute to two of music’s biggest icons in Freddie Mercury and Elton John – but now it’s time for the King to get the same treatment.
Director Baz Luhrmann has confirmed that Austin Butler will play Elvis Presley in his currently-untitled drama about the legendary rock and roll singer.
The film is set to follow Presley’s journey from a poor singer to a global icon, focusing on his troubling relationship with manager Colonel Tom Parker, who will be played by Tom Hanks.
Butler has beaten some rather impressive competition to the role, including Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Harry Styles, who all filmed screen tests for Luhrmann.
On his decision to cast Butler, the director told Deadline: “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 honour 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.”
Audiences unfamiliar with Butler will soon get to see him alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, which will be released on July 26 in the US and a few weeks later in the UK on August 14.