In the way of music biopics, we’ve been looking forward to an Elvis Presley iteration the most, so when it was announced that the legendary Baz Luhrmann would be directing the film, our eagerness for the forthcoming masterpiece increased ten fold. Now, an exclusive from Deadline has revealed the four young actors slated to potentially play the ’60s musician.
Behind the likes of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, the Australian director known for his quirky and avant-garde treatment to films is in the process of casting and had conducted screen tests last weekend. Among the young stars, Harry Styles is up for the role following his breakout appearance in Dunkirk. Ansel Elgort from Fault In Our Stars, Miles Teller known for his role in Footloose and his upcoming role in Top Gun: Maverick and Austin Butler appearing in the August release of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood are also contenders for the role of Elvis Presley.
Produced by Warner Bros, the film will follow Presley and his manager Colonel who will be faced by the already cast, Tom Hanks. The script was cowritten by Craig Pearce and will focus on the relationship between the experienced manager and the musician who grew to overwhelming fame and zenith during the height of his career.
Thus far, Miles Teller is a favourite to take on the role but fronting The King will be no easy feat and expectedly a controversial one as Luhrmann is sure to shed an abstract light on the celebrated singer.
A decision is set to be made by next week. Stay tuned.