One for the cash, two for the concert, and three for preparing to see Elvis! The highly awaited Elvis Presley biography film is finally poised to launch in theatres in the summer of 2022. After repeated delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But first, it’ll make its global premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival!
On April 4, 2022, the festival announced the announcement, along with a never-before-seen photograph from the production. The still appears to depict the King of Rock and Roll (Austin Butler) with his notorious manager. Tom Parker, Colonel (a.k.a. Oscar winner Tom Hanks in a lot of makeup).
According to Entertainment Weekly, Baz Luhrmann, who directed and co-wrote Elvis. Further remarked in a virtual press conference about the film. The great storytellers like Shakespeare, they didn’t really write biographies. They took a life and utilised it as a canvas on which to explore a greater concept.”
While the renowned director has already worked with Shakespeare. The most notably directing the 1996 rendition of Romeo + Juliet. He is now bringing his trademark flair to Elvis Presley’s legendary. Further true-life story from the early days of rock and roll. According to The Hollywood Reporter. Luhrmann described Presley’s narrative as a wonderful canvas to examine America. Therefore the film is anticipated to go beyond the King himself. Before Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic hits theatres. Here’s everything you need to know about the late musical icon’s larger-than-life biography. From the soundtrack’s famous melodies to the film’s star-studded ensemble.
When Will Elvis Presley Be Released?
After years of delays, it appears like Elvis Presley will finally get a film worthy of a king when it opens in theatres on June 24, 2022.
Is There an Elvis Presley Trailer?
In February 2022, Warner Bros. published a trailer for the biopic. At the outset of the film’s dazzling trailer, Parker teases, “There are those who’d make me out to be the villain of this here narrative.”
“Are you born with destiny, or does it just come knocking at your door?” a voiceover says as the image changes to a young Elvis. Butler’s Elvis appears to claim his destiny in the following scene, as he transitions from nervously swinging his hips onstage to captivating the audience with his characteristic dancing movements. “I witnessed that scrawny youngster morph into a superhero in that instant,” Hanks narrates. After the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the teaser shows Elvis growing up in the limelight, dealing with public criticism and navigating life and success.
What Exactly Is Elvis?
According to reports, the film will cover two decades of Presley’s life. According to the Daily Mail, Luhrmann remarked, “I mean, it’s a fantastic existence that he had…. [Presley’s] 42 years is three wonderful lives compressed into a short amount of time.” Presley’s connection with Parker, who negotiated his contract with RCA and had a tremendous effect on the singer during his time in the spotlight, is also explored in the film, as the trailer suggests.
In Elvis, Who Portrays Elvis Presley?
There’s an Elvis, err, Austin, in the building. Butler, who has acted in adolescent TV dramas including The Carrie Diaries and Switched at Birth, as well as a breakout part in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time…, knows a thing or two about heartthrob status. In Hollywood, to be precise.
Butler will have to fill some huge (blue suede) shoes in the position. To prepare for the film, he worked with a voice coach as well as movement coach Polly Bennett (who also instructed Rami Malek for the Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Butler stated in a news conference, “When I began the procedure, I went out to get my voice to be similar.” “That gives me the creeps.” As a result, the fire was lit.
I Did Vocal Coaching for a Year Before We Started Shooting
Butler wasn’t the only actor considered for the leading part; Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Harry Styles were also reportedly considered in the star-studded hunt. Luhrmann is pleased with the final casting choice, telling Daily Mail Australia that he feels Butler will achieve new levels of renown in the part. “Austin is going to be a celebrity because he is amazing in the film,” the director said. “I don’t generally comment on the performances in my films, but he is incredible.”
Is That Austin Butler Singing in Elvis Presley’s Voice?
Butler, like Elvis, is a triple threat. Butler performs some of the icon’s early recordings himself, in addition to acting (and perfecting the musician’s characteristic swinging hip motions). However, his voice is merged with Presley’s on subsequent tunes. According to the Daily News, Luhrmann remarked in a press conference, “We came out with an uncommon language, a melodic language for the picture.” “Austin would sing all the young Elvis, but we’d combine it with the genuine Elvis starting in the 1960s.”
Is Tom Hanks Directing an Elvis Presley Biopic?
Even before Butler’s casting was revealed, the biopic’s lead, Tom Hanks, was announced. He plays Elvis Presley’s tumultuous manager, who is alleged to have pocketed half of the singer’s revenues, according to Deadline. For the part, Hanks took on a new persona, speaking with an accent and wearing what looked to be prosthetics.
Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson caught COVID-19 while filming on Elvis in Australia in March 2020, making them the first celebrity to openly declare a COVID diagnosis. “If there was anything positive about it, the nicest thing that came out of it was when someone like Tom Hanks understood it,” Luhrmann told Deadline in April 2020. “I observed that worldwide and particularly in America—and we live in New York—suddenly everyone said, this is genuine.”
Who Else Is in the Elvis Cast?
The musical biography stars more than just Tom Hanks and Gerard Butler. Olivia DeJonge, an up-and-comer in Hollywood, plays Elvis Presley’s wife, Priscilla Presley. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Luhrmann earlier stated in a statement, “Olivia is capable of exhibiting the nuanced depth and presence that has made Priscilla Presley a legend in her own right.” “She’s a gifted young actress who serves as the ideal foil to Austin’s [Butler] Elvis.”
Among the star-studded cast are:
Dacre Montgomery as Steve Binder
Chaydon Jay as adolescent Elvis Presley
Gladys Presley is played by Helen Thomson.
Vernon Presley is played by Richard Roxburgh
Sister Rosetta Tharpe is played by Yola
Little Richard is played by Alton Mason.
B.B. King is played by Kelvin Harrison Jr.
When Did Elvis Presley’s Filming Begin?
Elvis began filming in early 2020, however owing to COVID-19, the production and release dates have been pushed back many times. After Hanks acquired the illness in March 2020, production was temporarily halted. When production was halted, Luhrmann informed Deadline that they were “four days away from shooting.” “You remember that famous scene when Elvis was performing in that showroom?” he remarked. “I had constructed the Vegas showroom, the International, which became the Hilton.” “We were rehearsing camera setup, and I’d done all the tests, Austin, Tom, and the entire cast were on fire.” We were on the verge of colliding.”
Where Did Elvis Presley’s Movies Take Place?
Elvis was filmed in Luhrmann’s homeland Australia, despite the fact that Presley’s iconic Graceland house is in Memphis. “Just when I think I’ve seen or seen it all,” the filmmaker allegedly told the Australian Financial Review, “I find myself doing a film about Elvis by myself on the Gold Coast—and being stunned by it.” “Finding yourself at my age in a setting similar to where I grew up has rejuvenated and enlivened me.” I’m a big fan of change… I’m never afraid of energy. I enjoy being uplifted by it.”
What Is Baz Luhrmann’s Reputation?
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann established his unique aesthetic with the Red Curtain Trilogy, which includes Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge! The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet isn’t Luhrmann’s only splashy, hugely stylized cinematic adaptation; his most recent feature picture, The Great Gatsby (2013), stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the eponymous role. While music is frequently used in Luhrmann’s films, Elvis is his first biography.
Luhrmann is a master at dragging out a marketing campaign, and he’s been teasing fans with clues, Elvis pictures, and teaser trailers on his Instagram for months. Finally, on Thursday, February 17, Baz Luhrmann unveiled the first Elvis trailer.