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See Austin Butler as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic
By Ella Joyce | Film+TV | 16 November 2021

Baz Luhrmann has finally offered us a glimpse of his interpretation of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, releasing a twenty-one second clip of Austin Butler as Elvis Presley in the Australian director’s new biopic, simply titled, Elvis – out June 24th, 2022.

 

The short snippet is accompanied by an altered version of the 1969 track Suspicious Minds, while Luhrmann signs off his message with Elvis’ motto “taking care of business”. Not only was TCB Elvis’ motto but also the nickname given to his band in the same year as Suspicious Minds’ release, hinting that the film may focus on the TCB era of the performer’s life, which saw him return to touring and chart his first US No.1 in over seven years. Although brief, the jet black quiff and sharp side profile of Butler is unmissable as he masters the rock ‘n’ roller’s swaggering persona, sauntering backstage dressed in Presley’s signature white jumpsuit and leather perfecto biker jacket.

Alongside Butler, who secured the role in 2019 after reportedly beating a talented line-up of competition, Tom Hanks stars as Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker whose famously turbulent relationship with the musician will play out on screen, while Olivie DeJonge is set to play Priscilla Presley. Since landing the role, Butler has appeared in The Dead Don’t Die, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and is now gearing up for another partnership with Hanks in his exec produced miniseries for Apple TV+, Masters of the Air. After experiencing a series of delays due to the pandemic, here’s hoping this is the final push back from Waner Brother’s and The King gets his moment on the silver screen this summer.

Elvis is set for cinematic release on June 24th 2022. 

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