An Elvis biopic is on the way and Austin Butler could be playing the King of Rock and Roll.
If you’re into music biopics then you’ll be pretty happy with the recent cinematic trend. Following the immense success of 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John musical Rocketman, films celebrating and exploring musical icons are imminent.
Since their success, we’ve had talks of a Madonna biopic and more, but it’s the promise of an Elvis movie which has our eyebrows raised.
Of course, the King is regularly cited as one of the most crucial and influential musicians of all time. He was larger than life, and although the venture sounds exciting, it’s hard to confidently pinpoint an actor for the role.
What we know so far
Celebrated Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is sat in the director’s chair for this one; he’s well known for such efforts as Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge!
Music has always held prevalence in his output, so fans are delighted to hear he’ll be tackling something like this. Already we’re expecting something unique, but with stars like Tom Hanks (Toy Story 4) already on board – he’s playing Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker – this is set to be huge.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the project is believed to focus on a younger Elvis, which certainly narrows the potential casting down. Interestingly, one name they mention is Austin Butler’s.
Sure, he isn’t exactly a household name… yet.
The California-born actor has appeared in such TV series as CSI: Miami, The Defenders, Life Unexpected, Switched at Birth and Arrow – he played Chase in the latter.
He’s racked up some substantial TV credentials, but in the realm of cinema, it looks like 2019 is finally his year. He plays Tex in Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated Dicaprio and Pitt vehicle Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, and that’s not all. He also stars in Jim Jarmusch’s delightful zombie-comedy The Dead Don’t Die as Jack.
That’s two excellent acting credits, and with these, he’s set to gain far more attention. There’s clearly great potential, and honestly, there is actuablly some arguable resemblance to the King. Along with the rising status, that’s definitely reason enough to tip him for the part!
Who else is rumoured?
Butler actually seems like the boldest and bravest choice at the moment, and it would certainly help shoot him into further stardom as few other roles could.
However, there’s some serious competition standing in the way. The Hollywood Reporter also suggests that Harry Styles (Dunkirk), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) and Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) are being considered. That’s some serious star power.
With these names in mind, Butler is definitely the underdog’s choice; it’s a race he may win yet.
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