Elvis – the latest film from Baz Luhrmann, starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks – looks amazing and is bound to get all of us all twisting and shaking as a whole new generation learns the story of this blockbuster performer.
The film – which will be in cinemas on June 23rd – explores the life of Elvis Presley as seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). The story 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 this journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
Starring alongside Hanks and Butler, award-winning theatre actress Helen Thomson (Top of the Lake: China Girl, Rake) plays Elvis’s mother, Gladys, Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge! Breath, Hacksaw Ridge) portrays Elvis’s father, Vernon, and DeJonge (The Visit, Stray Dolls) plays Priscilla.
Luke Bracey (Hacksaw Ridge, Point Break) plays Jerry Schilling, Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!) plays Dixie Locke, David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Lion, 300) plays Hank Snow, Kelvin Harrison Junior (The Trial of the Chicago 7, The High Note) plays B.B. King, Xavier Samuel (Adore, Love & Friendship, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) plays Scotty Moore, and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog) plays Jimmie Rodgers Snow.
Also in the cast, Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things, The Broken Heart Gallery) plays TV director Steve Binder, alongside Australian actors Leon Ford (Gallipoli, The Pacific) as Tom Diskin, Kate Mulvany (The Great Gatsby, Hunters) as Marion Keisker, Gareth Davies (Peter Rabbit, Hunters) as Bones Howe, Charles Grounds (Crazy Rich Asians, Camp) as Billy Smith, Josh McConville (Fantasy Island) as Sam Phillips, and Adam Dunn (Home and Away) as Bill Black.
To play additional iconic musical artists in the film, Luhrmann cast singer/songwriter Yola as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, model Alton Mason as Little Richard, Austin, Texas native Gary Clark Junior as Arthur Crudup, and artist Shonka Dukureh as Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton.
Baz Luhrmann is an Oscar winning director, having directed The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge! Luhrmann directs using a screenplay by himself and Sam Bromell. The film’s producers are Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss. Courtenay Valenti and Kevin McCormick executive produced.
The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Mandy Walker (Mulan, and Australia), Oscar-winning production designer and costume designer Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!), production designer Karen Murphy (A Star Is Born), editors Matt Villa (The Great Gatsby, Australia) and Jonathan Redmond (The Great Gatsby), Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Thomas Wood (Mad Max: Fury Road), music supervisor Anton Monsted (Australia, Moulin Rouge!) and composer Elliott Wheeler (The Get Down).
Most of the photography for Elvis took place in Queensland, Australia with the support of the Queensland Government, Screen Queensland and the Australian Government’s Producer Offset program.
This Baz Luhrmann film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and released in Australian cinemas on June 23, 2022.
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