From Zoey 101 to Elvis biopic: The evolution of Austin Butler

Austin Butler attends "The Dead Don't Die" New York Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on June 10, 2019 in New York City.

Austin Butler will play Elvis Presley in an upcoming biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Fans have been thrilled to follow Austin Butler's career evolution; from kid to king.  

Music biopics appear to be the popular cinematic trend at the moment. We've seen some interesting ones over the new century, from Anton Corbin's deeply personal dive into the life of Joy Division's Ian Curtis in 2007's Control, James Mangold's portrait of the legendary Johnny Cash in 2005's Walk the Line, all the way to Jonas Åkerlund's disturbingly different black metal biopic Lords of Chaos in 2018. 

There are so many musical icons we'd love to see receive the Hollywood treatment. However, in wake of the success of such efforts as Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, we're set to see a further surge in music icon explorations. Everybody has their own unique taste but in the realm of legends, their impact and status are often indisputable. For example, the two recent examples just offered - Elton John and Freddie Mercury - are undeniably important in the sphere of popular music. If we're going to continue this streak, then why not tackle the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley. 

(AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Elvis PRESLEY; posed, on phone(AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Elvis PRESLEY; posed, on phone

Zoey 101 and beyond

Remember James Garratt from Zoey 101? Well, if you do, you'll be happy to learn just how far he's come with his work. 

The star appeared in such shows as Hannah Montana, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, iCarly and more when he was he was younger. Of course, after appearing in teen-sensation series like these, it's really hard to break free from the associations they bring. Some are doomed to hear "hey, you're the kid from..." for the rest of their days, but there are also a number of success stories. 

For years, performers like Zac Efron were stigmatised for their early fame - in this case, his breakout role on High School Musical. However, he's worked incredibly hard over the years to excel in his craft, and now, he's impressing audiences and critics in films like the Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

 

Austin Butler as Elvis Presley

It appears Austin Butler has been working similarly hard to establish himself as a serious actor, rather than a former teen star. Achieving fame at a young age has its perks, but also it's glaring setbacks. 

Following on from his teen years, Butler appeared in a string of TV shows and TV movies, most notably playing Chase in the hit superhero series Arrow. However, he's yet to be regarded as a film actor, in a purer sense. Although, if you look at his recent credits, there's no denying that he's set to make a serious impact on cinema lovers this year. 

He's scored a role in Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, alongside the likes of Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio. The popular filmmaker is renowned for working with the best actors and revitalising and reshaping careers. He's sure to make quite the impression, especially considering he stars in another prestigious director's film this year too; Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die. Again, Jarmusch is known for working with the best. 

That's two terrific acting credits, but really, it's the role of Elvis Presley which has everybody curious. The American musician is one of the most iconic of all time, and the results of his performance will either cement him as a Hollywood A-lister or on the contrary, break him. 

Elvis biopic: What do we know?

As reported by Empire, the as of yet untitled biopic will be directed by Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) and is set to depict the "Jailhouse Rock" singer in his younger years. 

The same source notes that Butler beat the likes of Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Aaron Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) and Harry Styles (Dunkirk) to the part; they've obviously seen something very special in him. 

Honestly, there is a likeness, and it'll be great to see how he manoeuvres within the role. It's definitely his biggest yet and will see him star alongside Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies), who will play Elvis' manager Colonel Tom Parker. 

Luhrmann wrote the script with Craig Pearce, and the project is expected to begin shooting in early 2020. 

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