Close  

Austin Butler to star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann-helmed biopic

/ 05:17 PM July 16, 2019
Elvis Presley, Austin Butler

This combination photo shows singer-actor Elvis Presley in a 1964 photo (left) and Austin Butler at the premiere of “The Dead Don’t Die” in New York on June 10, 2019. Image: AP

NEW YORK — Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic has found its King.

After a competitive casting contest, 27-year-old actor Austin Butler has been cast as Presley. Ansel Elgort, Harry Styles and Miles Teller all reportedly tested for the role ultimately won by Butler, who last year appeared in the Denzel Washington Broadway revival of “The Iceman Cometh”.

ADVERTISEMENT

Luhrmann said in a statement that 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.”

Production is to begin early next year on the Luhrmann-directed film. Tom Hanks co-stars as Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker.

FEATURED STORIES

Butler also has a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”. HM/NVG

RELATED STORIES:

Quentin Tarantino wins top dog award at Cannes Film Festival

Elvis Presley’s vehicles up for auction

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Austin Butler, Baz Luhrmann, Biopic, Elvis Presley, Tom Hanks
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.