The latest project for Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge! creator Baz Luhrmann is a yet-to-be-titled film about Elvis Presley, and it looks like he’s found his Elvis.
While the likes of Ansel Elgort, Harry Styles and Miles Teller have all apparently auditioned, Deadline is reporting that the role has gone to Austin Butler.
If at this point you’re thinking to yourself “Uh, who?!”, he’s been acting for more than decade, getting his start in Hannah Montana and working up through the Disney TV ranks to the likes of DC’s Arrow. Butler also recently had parts in Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die and will be seen in Tarantino’s upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
However, it was Butler’s role in Broadway’s The Iceman Cometh that attracted Luhrmann’s attention.
“I’d heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway,” Luhrmann told Deadline, “and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures. I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.”
It’s all set to shoot in Queensland early next year, with Tom Hanks playing Presley’s infamous manager Colonel Tom Parker. As for the plot, it’s to be a biopic charting the rise of Elvis from nothing to international super-something over a period of some 20 years.
Now, h-e-e-e-e-e-r-e’s Elvis!