Baz Luhrmann’s biopic on the Kin of Pop, Elvis Presley, has found its King! And the chosen one is Austin Butler. The 27-year-old was chosen after he emerged victorious in a competitive casting contest.
Warner Bros has announced the face of the King of Pop in upcoming biopic
While Austin Butler came out with flying colors, there were many others who tested for the role. And these include some big names like Ansel Elgort, Harry Styles and Miles Teller.
Austin Butler is a Nickelodeon and Disney Channel alumni. In fact, he made his Broadway debut last year with ‘The Iceman Cometh’ that starred Denzel Washington.
While everyone is in awe, Austin Butler himself is on cloud nine. He went ahead and shared the good news on his Instagram handle. Moreover, he captioned it with Presley’s hit Love Me Tender, “You have made my life complete, and I love you so.”
The Elvis Biopic
Baz Luhrmann, who is the film-maker behind The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge expressed how important it was for him to have the perfect cast, “I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist …”
“Through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.”
The biopic with Austin Butler in the lead role will explore Elvis Presley’s life. But it would be through the eyes of his 20-years-old relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Moreover, the role of his manager would be played by Tom Hanks.