Elvis movie: Austin Butler and Tom Hanks ‘terrific’ says Baz Luhrmann ‘Everyone dug deep’ | Films | Entertainment

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Last year, the Elvis Presley movie was ready to start shooting on Australia’s Gold Coast. However, Colonel Tom Parker star Tom Hanks was diagnosed with coronavirus and the production was put on hold for months. Now the highly anticipated biopic has wrapped and director Baz Luhrmann is busy editing his new film starring Austin Butler as The King.

Speaking with The Sydney Morning Herald, Baz didn’t want to reveal too much about the 2022 Elvis Presley movie.

The 58-year-old said: “It’s like a pregnancy. It might be all going really well but you don’t want to talk about your child until your child is safe.”

Nevertheless, the Moulin Rouge director was happy to confirm that both Butler and Hanks are “terrific” in their roles as Elvis and his manager The Colonel.

Baz especially enjoyed working with them on the Gold Coast, highlighting that it was “a great filmmaking environment.”

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Angie has also confirmed that the Elvis movie’s Graceland scenes were not shot at the mansion, but the production recreated the home on the Gold Coast set.

Originally the Warner Bros film was set to release this October, but has now been pushed back to next summer.

Considering the subject matter, we wouldn’t be surprised if the biopic is a hot contender at the 2023 Oscars.

The film will follow Butler as Elvis from his rise to fame in the 1950s through to his Las Vegas residency years in the 1970s.

The Elvis movie cast also includes Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley, Richard Roxburgh as Vernon Presley and Helen Thomson as Gladys Presley.

According to the official synopsis, the Elvis movie is “seen through the prism of [Presley’s] complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

“The film delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker 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.”

Elvis is released in cinemas on June 3, 2022.


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