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Watch Baz Luhrmann’s Take on Elvis


This could be interesting. Baz Luhrmann, the creative film director known for the films Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge has set his sights on an iconic singer: Elvis Presley. True to Luhrmann’s other works, this one will have a unique angle. This story of Elvis is shown through the eyes of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

According to Warner Bros., this movie delves into the complex dynamic between Elvis (played by Austin Butler) and Parker (Tom Hanks) spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.  Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).

Starring alongside Hanks and Butler Helen Thomson plays Elvis’s mother, Gladys, Richard Roxburgh portrays Elvis’s father, Vernon, Luke Bracey plays Jerry Schilling, Natasha Bassett plays Dixie Locke, David Wenham plays Hank Snow, Kelvin Harrison Jr. plays B.B. King, Xavier Samuel plays Scotty Moore, and Kodi Smit-McPhee plays Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

The cast also includes Dacre Montgomery who plays TV director Steve Binder, alongside Australian actors Leon Ford as Tom Diskin, Kate Mulvany as Marion Keisker, Gareth Davies as Bones Howe, Charles Grounds as Billy Smith, Josh McConville as Sam Phillips, and Adam Dunn as Bill Black.

To play additional iconic musical artists in the film, Luhrmann cast singer/songwriter Yola as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, model Alton Mason as Little Richard, Austin, Texas native Gary Clark Jr. as Arthur Crudup, and artist Shonka Dukureh as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton.

Elvis is set to release in theaters on June 24, 2022.

Main image: Warner Bros.

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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