Baz Luhrmann is getting closer to picking who will play a younger Elvis Presley in his biopic.
News has broken revealing the actors being tested to play Elvis in the long-gestating film, which will also be starring two-time Oscar winn Tom Hanks as the star’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
According to Deadline, Luhrmann conducted screentests with the following actors this past weekend: Baby Driver and The Fault in Our Stars actor Ansel Elgort; Whiplash and War Dogs actor Miles Teller; Austin Butler, who has a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood; and singer Harry Styles, who put in a well-received acting turn in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.
Word is that Luhrmann will be making his decision on who will take on the high-profile role by next week. They’re clearly talented names, with Elgort and Teller showcasing strong performances in the past few years, and Styles can obviously belt out the notes. Elgort will soon be seen singing and dancing in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story.
Butler is arguably the lesser known of the group, although he has been putting in work since appearing on Nickelodeon shows Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and Zoey 101 as a child. His credits also include The Carrie Diaries, Arrow, The Shannara Chronicles and Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die.
The still-untitled Elvis movie has lined up a Queensland production and is expected to inject $AU105 million into the local economy. Luhrmann penned the screenplay with longtime collaborator Craig Pearce (Romeo +Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby, The Power of the Dark Crystal).