All shook up! Elvis Presley followers have been dreaming of Baz Luhrmann‘s biopic because it was first introduced in 2014, and 7 years later, the wait is nearly over.
The Moulin Rouge! director additionally cowrote the screenplay for the movie, merely titled Elvis. In July 2019, Austin Butler landed the function of the “Jailhouse Rock” singer after a extremely publicized search course of. Though the California native is thought for his roles in films together with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Dead Don’t Die, he additionally has a musical background completely suited to taking part in a rock ‘n’ roll icon.
“I play the guitar and I play the piano, and my first instrument was the violin,” he advised Interview journal in October 2019. “I started playing the violin when I was in elementary school. I got a guitar when I was 13 and fell in love. I would play for eight hours a day and that became my obsession.”
After taking pictures started in early 2020, Luhrmann gushed about Butler’s tackle the function, which might be daunting for any actor. “I always avoid getting in and heralding the work we’re doing before we do it, but during the testing process, his commitment, his transformative abilities from the young Elvis to beyond, he had been playing so very well,” the Australia director advised Deadline in March 2020. “He was terrific. There was such great energy and excitement in the cast and company, about the show we were about to shoot.”
The manufacturing course of, nevertheless, hasn’t all the time been straightforward. Tom Hanks, who performs Presley’s supervisor, Colonel Tom Parker, contracted COVID-19 in March 2020 whereas taking pictures the movie in Australia. The Oscar winner turned one of many first celebrities to publicly reveal a coronavirus prognosis, sending shockwaves throughout Hollywood.
“If there was anything good about it, the very best thing that came out of it was when someone like Tom Hanks got it, I noticed that globally and particularly in America … suddenly everyone went, ‘This is real,’” Luhrmann advised Deadline. “He became an advertisement for it.”
The Forrest Gump star and his spouse, Rita Wilson, rapidly recovered, however Hanks later stated that he skilled some fatigue. “I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes,” he advised The Guardian in July 2020. “That last bit is kinda like my natural state anyway.”
With the on-set coronavirus scare within the rearview, the primary teaser for the movie lastly debuted in November 2021. “Made a little something to let you good people know we are taking care of business on June 24, 2022,” Luhrmann tweeted on the time alongside a brief clip from the movie. (“Taking care of business,” as Elvis followers know, was the singer’s motto in addition to the identify of his band.)
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