’Elvis’ Movie Gets Delayed

by Suzanne Halliburton

The release date for the new biopic about Elvis Presley is being delayed.

It was supposed to be released to theaters and on HBO Max in early November. But it’s been pushed to summer, 2022.

Variety” reports that the delay is because production of the movie is still ongoing, possibly five weeks behind. The movie doesn’t even have a name, as yet. Shooting started last year in Australia.

But the movie was shut down when star Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, contracted Covid-19 last March. Hanks was the first major celebrity to go public with a coronavirus diagnosis.

Tom Hanks Is Biggest Star In Elvis Movie

Hanks plays Col Tom Parker, the long-time manager of Elvis Presley. Austin Butler plays Elvis, the king. Butler, 30, was Tex Watson in the movie “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture in 2020.

The movie follows the life of Elvis for two decades. It’s told through the relationship he had with Parker, his manager. Parker discovered Presley and managed him through 1977, when Elvis died.

Hanks recently talked about his part of Col Parker in the Elvis movie, telling Stephen Colbert:

“He was a genius and a scoundrel. He was a very disciplined man. And also a guy who you might want to check your wallet and see if you still had all your fives and tens.”

Hanks added: “Elvis is as big as he ever has been. And much of that credit goes to the guy I play in this movie.

The cast also includes Australian actress Olivia DeJonge, who plays Priscilla Presley. Hanks said he had dinner with Elvis’ wife to research his part.

Other cast additions were announced this week. Gary Clark Jr, a three-time Grammy winner, is blues singer/songwriter Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup. Yola, a four-time Grammy nominee, is Sister Rosetta Tharpe. And Shonka Dukureh is Big Mama Thornton.

Baz Luhrmann directs the movie. His movies are big and colorful. Luhrmann directed “Strictly Ballroom,” :William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet,” “Moulin Rouge” and the “Great Gatsby.”

Baz Luhrman Also Considered Harry Styles

Luhrmann found his Elvis two years ago after what he called an extensive search. He reportedly also considered Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Luhrmann said when he cast Austin Butler, he knew “unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.” 

The director also said he wanted the actor who played Elvis “to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist… I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right.”

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