‘Elvis’ Trailer: Austin Butler & Tom Hanks Star in Baz Luhrmann’s Presley Movie

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The official trailer has arrived for Elvis, an Elvis Presley biopic from filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby).

Austin Butler (The Shannara Chronicles, Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood) stars as the American “King of Rock and Roll” in the picture, with Tom Hanks playing his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, and Olivia DeJonge (The Society) playing Priscilla Presley. The film explores Elvis’ life and music through the prism of his complicated relationship with Parker over two decades, as well as his relationship with Priscilla. Presley’s rise to fame is depicted with America’s evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence serving as the backdrop.

A strong supporting cast here, including Helen Thomson as Elvis’ mother, Gladys; Richard Roxburgh as Elvis’ father, Vernon; Luke Bracey as Jerry Schilling; Natasha Bassett as Dixie Locke; David Wenham as Hank Snow; Kelvin Harrison Jr. as B.B. King; Xavier Samuel as Scotty Moore; Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jimmie Rodgers Snow; and Dacre Montgomery as TV director Steve Binder.

An energetic trailer below, packed with Luhrmann’s energetic and colourful stylings and what appears to be a closely-resembling turn from Butler as Elvis. Considering the love the icon holds, the pressure is well and truly on for Butler. And, of course, there’s the reliable Hanks, here sporting an accent that’s slightly jarring in the trailer.

Luhrmann penned the screenplay for Elvis alongside longtime collaborator Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby), Jeremy Doner (The Killing), and Sam Bromell (The Get Down). Principal photography took place in Queensland, Australia; you may remember Hanks was Down Under filming this one when he was among the first stars to contract Covid-19.

Elvis will be released in Australian cinemas on June 23rd and U.S. cinemas on June 24th.

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