Deadline is reporting today that Moulin Rouge/Romeo & Juliet director Baz Luhrmann is testing a top group of young actors for the role of Elvis Presley in a new biopic about the legendary singer and his manager Colonel Tom Parker. (The Colonel will be played by Tom Hanks, so this is a big ta-doo, don’t you know).
Among the actors who have already been tested?
Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars and Baby Driver star; Miles Teller, the Whiplash star who’s about to be seen in Top Gun: Maverick, Austin Butler, who is about to have a breakout turn in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, and pop star Harry Styles, who totally didn’t embarrass himself in Dunkirk last year.
This is going to be a big job, so stay tuned. Luhrmann wrote the script with Craig Pearce, and it covers the relationship between the veteran manager and the young singer, who came from dirt-poor origins to become an iconic star who changed the course of music. Parker was reputed to have taken half of Presley’s earnings for himself, in exchange for building him.
Who do YOU think should get the role?