The highly anticipated film starring Austin Butler as the King of Rock and Roll and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker will premiere in theaters October 1, 2021.
The film will cover the relationship between Presley and Parker, and will be the director’s first film since The Great Gatsby adaptation.
Butler expressed his gratitude for the chance to play Elvis during the recent red carpet premiere for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, where he plays Manson family killer Tex Watson. He also revealed a little bit of his prep for the role. Butler has told outlets that he’ll be doing his own singing throughout the film, so it should be interesting to see how the actor can pull it off.
“I am just profoundly honored that Baz has invited me on this journey with him. It’s an extraordinary privilege,” Butler told Entertainment Tonight.
While Butler and Hanks are already locked into their roles, another potential cast member has the approval of Presley’s former wife Priscilla. The actress and widow gave Lana Del Rey the thumbs up after hearing the musician was dying to play her on the big screen, saying “I like Lana” when asked.
“Lana feels it’s a role she was born to play,” a source told Radar Online. “She has her agent badgering Baz for months now, hoping to get her cast. Lana looks just like Priscilla and has decided there’s no way she won’t get the part.”