Try as you might, there’s just no replacing “The King.” I mean it’s in the name, after all. The. King. Singular.
The dude’s a legend. Which explains why people are still forking over hoards of cash for any Elvis memorabilia they can get their hands on. And, alright, his guitars I can understand. But his gold-filled dental crowns? Hard pass for me. I’ll just stick to supporting the legacy of “The King” through cinema.
Now, maybe you’re still a little iffy about any actor trying to portray his likeness. Well, there’s news on that front as well. The jury remains split on the casting choice of Baz Luhrmann’s biopic starring Austin Butler, but it still inches closer and closer to fruition each day. So let’s hash out everything you need to know about the upcoming Elvis documentary.
From the Director of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘Romeo + Juliet,’ and ‘Moulin Rouge!’
Baz Luhrmann is heading the “Elvis” biopic production with an official release scheduled for theaters on June 24th, 2022. HBO Max will also stream the film for about a month after its theatrical debut. So, the name isn’t all that clever, but what about the story?
The film stars Austin Butler as Elvis and he beat a star-studded audition room for the role. This included the likes of Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Harry Styles, and Aaron Tayor-Johnson. But Elvis isn’t actually the entire focus of the biopic alone. Instead, the film tries to recreate his entire universe.
So, fans will also see Olivia DeJonge in the role of Priscilla Presley, along with Richard Roxburgh and Helen Thomson as his parents. The film will also host the appearance of several other iconic musicians including B.B. King, Little Richard, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Hank Snow, and Jimmie Rodgers.
This also means we’ll see Elvis’s lifespan across several decades.
Born in Mississippi in 1935, there was a long road ahead to becoming Elvis. Okay, so his legal name actually was Elvis Aaron Presley, but still. Growing up as Elvis and then turning into the Elvis means something entirely different.
While we can’t exactly be sure of how far back Luhrmann’s biopic goes, we do know that it at least touches on Elvis’ preteen years. This period of time will be portrayed by Chaydon Jay. We’ll probably also see Elvis tying the knot with Priscilla, which took place in 1967.
The film might even touch on his iconic “’68 Comeback Special” as well. An actor named Dacre Montgomery landed the part of Steve Binder who famously directed the televised concert.