The first trailer drop for Baz Luhrmann’s epic biopic ‘Elvis‘ is finally here, and if you’re wondering whether that is Austin Butler actually singing, we can confirm it is.
The film will chronicle the rise and fall of the late King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, exploring his life in three acts: his upbringing, his rise to stardom and his inevitable downfall. Of course, the movie will feature the eclectic filmmaking style of Baz Luhrmann, which is why there is a lot riding on this biopic to succeed.
And if there’s one thing we know about Baz Luhrmann, it is that the man doesn’t do things half-hearted. Expect the grand nature of Elvis Presley’s performances to be highlighted in this film, along with his raging outfits – from the early 1950s to his stadium-sellouts in the 1970s.
Elvis will be Luhrmann’s first feature film since 2013’s The Great Gatsby.
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The biopic will be led by 30-year old Austin Butler (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; The Carrie Diaries), who plays the titular King of Rock, followed suit by Tom Hanks as Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker and Olivia DeJonge as Presley’s wife, Priscilla.
Joining the cast is Richard Roxburgh as Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley, Helen Thomson as Elvis’ mother, Gladys Presley, as well as Luke Bracey, David Wenham, Xavier Samuel and Oscar nominee Kodi Smit-McPhee, among others.
“When I began the process, I set out to get my voice to be identical. That instills fear. So that got the fire burning,” says Austin Butler via The Hollywood Reporter.
“For a year before we started shooting, I was doing voice coaching. I watched as much as I could, over and over, because I feel such a responsibility to Elvis and to [ex-wife] Priscilla and [daughter] Lisa Marie, and all the people around the world who love him so much.”
After watching the trailer, it’s clear the Butler has not only nailed Elvis’ southern twang, but Luhrmann recently revealed that the film features Butler’s voice for young Elvis and a blend of Butler and tapes of Presley for midlife Elvis.
As the synopsis reads, the film will explore the life and music of Elvis Presley, “seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker.” The film will highlight Elvis’ rise to fame and unprecedented stardom juxtaposed with the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America in the 1960s.
Elvis was shot in Australia and took over two years to complete due to the nature of the Coronavirus. Notably, while filming, co-star Tom Hanks made international headlines when he became among the first major stars to have contracted the coronavirus.
Elvis arrives in theaters June 24, 2022.