The Baz Luhrmann Movie

The Publicity and the Reviews

EIN Spotlight by Piers Beagley

Updated 5 May 2022

Finally on June 24 2022, Australian director Baz Luhrmann's new biopic 'ELVIS' will be released to the cinemas.
It was as far back at May 2014 - eight years ago - that EIN first reported that fellow-Australian Baz Luhrmann had started working on his concept for a stunningly fabulous ELVIS movie. At the time there were plenty of skeptics that didn't believe that this Academy award-winning director of The Great Gatsby, Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Australia and Moulin Rouge could be interested in an ELVIS biopic but we were proved right.

Below EIN presents all the stories, interviews and drama that have accompanied this brilliant achievement since those early days of 2014.

The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).

Starring alongside Hanks and Butler, award-winning theatre actress Helen Thomson (“Top of the Lake: China Girl”) plays Elvis’s mother, Gladys, Richard Roxburgh (“Moulin Rouge!”) portrays Elvis’s father, Vernon, and Olivia DeJonge (“The Visit,” “Stray Dolls”) plays Priscilla. Luke Bracey (“Point Break”) plays Jerry Schilling, Natasha Bassett (“Hail, Caesar!”) plays Dixie Locke, David Wenham (“The Lord of the Rings”) plays Hank Snow, Kelvin Harrison Jr. (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”) plays B.B. King, Xavier Samuel (“Adore”) plays Scotty Moore, and Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”) plays Jimmie Rodgers Snow.

Also in the cast, Dacre Montgomery (“Stranger Things”) plays TV director Steve Binder, alongside Australian actors Leon Ford (“Gallipoli”) as Tom Diskin, Kate Mulvany (“The Great Gatsby”) as Marion Keisker, Gareth Davies (“Peter Rabbit”) as Bones Howe, Charles Grounds (“Crazy Rich Asians”) as Billy Smith, Josh McConville (“Fantasy Island”) as Sam Phillips, and Adam Dunn (“Home and Away”) as Bill Black.

To play additional iconic musical artists in the film, Luhrmann cast singer/songwriter Yola as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, model Alton Mason as Little Richard, Austin, Texas native Gary Clark Jr. as Arthur Crudup, and artist Shonka Dukureh as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton.

From a screenplay by Baz Luhrmann & Sam Bromell and Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce and Jeremy Doner, story by Baz Luhrmann and Jeremy Doner. The film’s producers are Luhrmann, Oscar winner Catherine Martin (“The Great Gatsby,” “Moulin Rouge!”), Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss. Courtenay Valenti and Kevin McCormick executive produced.

Thursday 5 May 2022 . . . . "ELVIS" takes over the N.Y. Met Gala!

ELVIS fashion at the NY Met Gala: Known as “Fashion's biggest night out” the Met Gala is a fundraising benefit for the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. And while we know 2022 is going to be a HUGE year for Elvis we have never seen publicity like this...
Only days after Priscilla praised Austin Butler for his performance in the ELVIS movie (see news item below) the two were posing together at the 2022 Met Gala.

Priscilla looked rock-and-roll chic in head-to-toe black Prada, while Butler looked dapper in a matching black Prada suit.
But it was director Baz Luhrmann who best channeled Elvis’ later style most vividly with his custom black mohair jacket with a dramatic collar and red embroidery being more than worthy of the King. His wife, Martin, who is the costume designer for Elvis, wore a sophisticated top and trousers that were also embroidered. Alton Mason, who plays Little Richard, wore a bedazzled cape.

In a clever move the whole team behind Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic ELVIS all wore coordinating looks that paid tribute to the legendary musician’s love for bling. Their Prada ensembles, most of which were accentuated with colored stones, were singularly sophisticated. But together, their dazzling impact would have made the King proud.

Austin Butler, Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Priscilla Presley, Olivia DeJonge, Kacey Musgraves, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. all showed up on the carpet in looks by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons. Butler, who plays the titular character, led the pack in a custom black kid mohair bolero jacket and trousers with a black satin scarf and black shoes.

DeJonge, who plays Priscilla, wore a custom silk satin strapless gown with a bow train, embroidered head-to-toe in green starbursts.

Priscilla Presley herself, meanwhile, wore a signature padded black headband and a long-sleeve sheath gown with embroidered gold cuffs on the biceps.

Priscilla took the opportunity to gush over the film with Austin Butler right by her side... in her red carpet interview she said.."I love the movie. I think the young generation is gonna see and know what Elvis is all about, and learn a little more about him. Even the people who've heard stories about Elvis before, they're gonna learn something new".

Butler also added that the most important thing to him was "making all the people who loved Elvis so much proud and doing him justice. I just set out to find his humanity as much as I could and bring that out with as much life as much as I could."


(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS - Prada-Style": The 'ELVIS' movie ensemble at the Met Gala, N.Y, 2022 ..Catherine Martin (designer), Alton Mason, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Olivia DeJonge, Austin Butler, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling (adviser), Kacey Musgraves with director Baz Luhrmann. (News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla Raves about Luhrmann ELVIS biopic: Having seen a private screening, Priscilla recently took to Instagram to give her seal of approval to Luhrmann's vision as well as Austin Butler's performance as the titular rock legend.
Priscilla posted...
.."For those curious about the new film ELVIS, Baz Luhrmann, the director, provided a private screening for me and Jerry Schilling at Warner studios recently. This story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship. It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered.
Austin Butler, who played Elvis is outstanding.

Halfway through the film Jerry and I looked at each other and said WOW!!!
Bravo to him…he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this part. I can only imagine.

Tom Hanks was Col Parker in this film. What a character he was. There was two sides to Colonel, Jerry and I witnessed both.
The story, as we all know, does not have a happy ending. But I think you will understand a little bit more of Elvis’ journey, penned by a directer who put his heart and soul and many hours into this film."

Last year Priscilla noted about her life with Elvis, "My God, I had to learn everything. Women gravitated to him, so I would be nervous when he had to go places alone. I would even go with him to get his teeth cleaned! I always had an eye on him because everyone in the world was after him.
Priscilla, now 76-years old, added, "I truly cherish the great times. As you grow up, there are always fears and insecurities. But as you get older you understand it all."


(News, Source;Insta/ElvisInfoNet)

Kacey Musgraves 'Can’t Help Falling in Love' in ELVIS Biopic: American singer / songwriter Kacey Musgraves is a million-seller with six Grammy awards plus an RIAA platinum certification. She was also at the Met Gala to promote ELVIS, because as Baz Luhrmann revealed she has covered Elvis' 'Can’t Help Falling In Love' for the movie soundtrack.
When released in 1961 'Can’t Help Falling in Love' reached No.1 in the UK, a US Billboard No.2 (backed with 'Rock-A-Hula Baby') and was a key part of Elvis' biggest selling album Blue Hawaii. It was later covered by everyone from Doris Day, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Boby Dylan and more recently U2, UB40, Andrea Bocelli, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Chris Isaak, and more.
Kacey Musgraves who has won a Grammy Award for 'Best Country Song' is in a very different musical genre to the already previewed 'Doja Cat' single 'Vegas'. This goes to show how diverse and imaginative Baz Luhrmann is with his movie soundtracks - as his previous films have all shown.
The RCA soundtrack is set for release on June 24. Musgraves is currently on a US tour in support of her 2021 album 'Star-Crossed'.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

More Artists Announced for ‘ELVIS’ Soundtrack Album: RCA Records is set to release the ELVIS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack this summer for Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming film ELVIS, in theaters June 24th, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. While the lead single, Doja Cat’s “Vegas” (which incorporates “Hound Dog”) will be released May 6th other new artists involved in the film soundtrack were flagged this week by director Baz Luhrmann. These artists are Australia's Tame Impala, American singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan, Dance-music veteran Diplo with Swae Lee, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks among others. Luhrmann explained, “You’ll hear Elvis sing the classics but right next door Doja Cat will be doing an interpretation of Hound Dog while Big Mama Thornton [Shonka Dukureh] sings it.”
The RCA "ELVIS" soundtrack will feature Elvis’ extraordinary body of work spanning the 1950s, 60s and 70s, while also celebrating his diverse musical influences and enduring impact on popular artists today.
At Coachella, Luhrmann called Uk singer Yola “a powerhouse voice full of song, plus a beautiful soul. She was so devoted to playing the role, she came all the way to Australia and captured the detail of how Sister Rosetta
Tharpe expressed herself on stage for the film” as well as pre-recording tracks in Nashville. He also lauded Doja Cat, who previewed her single "Vegas", saying that her live performance was brilliant and that “the whole cast and crew are so thrilled and proud.”
Luhrmann is back in Australia still working on final post-production for the film which will get a worldwide cinema release on June 23 / 24.
Elvis fans who are concerned about "new" artists involved in the ELVIS soundtrack have to realise that artists such as Doja Cat’s 'Planet Her' lead single 'Kiss Me More' is certified RIAA platinum and has had over 2.8 billion streams worldwide. These statistics help show the importance of getting Elvis' music out to the new generation.
Go here to listen to the Doja Cat 'VEGAS' feat. Big Mama Thornton Extended Edit - on YouTube
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 26 April 2022
Doja Cat’s "Vegas" ‘ELVIS’ Soundtrack Single Out May 6: Doja Cat’s single from Baz Luhrmann’s 'ELVIS' soundtrack, “Vegas,” will be released May 6.
The single precedes a full film companion album that has loosely been scheduled for summer by RCA.
Although “Vegas” is an original song, live snippets reveal the Doja Cat track does incorporate a Big Mama Thornton's sample of 'Hound Dog'.
Baz Luhrmann was at Coachella for its second weekend, supporting three artists associated with “Elvis” as a film or soundtrack — including Yola, who plays Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the movie, and Shonka Dukureh, who portrays Big Mama Thornton, as well as Doja Cat.
The exact nature of the soundtrack is not yet being revealed by RCA, though the Doja Cat song is obviously a clear indicator that it will not consist solely of vintage Presley

recordings or even the adapted versions that will be featured in Luhrmann’s film.
RCA will for now confirm only that the album will include variations on Presley material that include contributions from a number of name artists representing different genres. The “summer” release date is likely to mean close to June 24 when the movie premieres.
The photo shows Shonka Dukureh, Baz Luhrmann, Doja Cat and Yola.
Go here to listen to the Doja Cat 'VEGAS' feat. Big Mama Thornton Extended Edit - on YouTube
(News, Source;Variety/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 17 April 2022
Yola / Sister Rosetta Tharpe: More news stories on the Baz Luhrmann ELVIS biopic.
Talented English singer-songwriter Yolanda Quartey aka "Yola" received four nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards including "Best New Artist".
She is making a big name for herself as a hot-new-talent and features in Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' as “the Godmother of Rock'n'Roll” Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Elvis fans would know of Tharpe through her songs 'Up Above My Head', 'Just A Closer Walk With Thee' and 'My Babe' which Elvis recorded.
(See EIN's spotlight on 'Sister Rosetta Tharpe')
In a recent interview with Variety Yola explained more on her ELVIS movie role..
..It’s just the privilege I have to speak Sister Rosetta Tharpe's name and to speak on it. Everyone can talk about it, but the role I have is
so central and mainstream and in the purview of everyone, everyone knows about it. So the privilege I get to transmit this message, of rock and roll, and the diaspora’s ownership of this genre, along with everything that it gave birth to, that gives me life."
According to Yola, Luhrmann made it a priority to address how Black American music impacted Elvis' work and also how Rosetta Tharpe helped invent Rock'n'Roll.
“The thing that touched me is it was Luhrmann’s mission to address this balance as well. It wasn’t just pulling people in and making a token gesture at it, it’s profound within him. And that spoke to me, that was my motivation.”
There’s definitely a vanguard of artists of color coming through, I identify very much across a lot of space. And my record inhabits that space, including Rock'n'Roll and soul music. So it’s very important that
we are able to claim all of this space. And everything I’m doing in my life right now is about claiming that space - including the movie.”
Go here for the Variety article
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS' Re-vamped compilation by 'New Artists': News today that the compilation to be released with Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming ELVIS biopic is going to be a re-vamped compilation by 'New Artists' - as opposed to yet another standard Greatest Hits compile.
According to sources, "a host of stars" have put their spin on the music legend’s iconic songs in a bid to get a new generation into his music.
The new Elvis compilation will reportedly see the likes of Doja Cat and Swae Lee cover the King of Rock and Roll’s greatest hits.
US#1 ‘Say So' hitmaker Doja Cat (13 million certified albums and US singles) has recorded a version of ‘Hound Dog’, while fellow rapper Swae Lee (who has previously worked with Madonna) is also on board for the project.
It’s hoped the soundtrack will boost streaming figures for Elvis’ back catalogue, just like the 2018 Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ did for Queen's music.
Elvis' core fans may not like the idea, however there have been so many 'Greatest Hits' compilations in the past that a new concept is needed.
A source told UK's The Sun "It’s hugely controversial. Elvis fans are diehard and see any tampering as sacrilege, but Warner Bros wanted to bring his music to a new audience. He is one of the most successful musicians of all time, but this album will help introduce his music to a new generation of kids.
The hope is that the record, along with the film, will help bring his music back to the masses again and kickstart a huge increase on streaming services".
A date for the compilation is yet to be announced but it is sure to be timed to the film's cinema release in June.
The film will premiere at Cannes Film Festival in May.
(News, Source;VariousTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 29 March 2022
Austin Butler discusses "ELVIS": Austin Butler plays Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's new biopic that will guide viewers through Elvis' life from relative unknown to the biggest musician on the planet.
Butler recently spoke about Elvis and how the film became an emotional journey for him.
Elvis was a searcher and would consume books about spirituality such as Kahlil Gibran and Hermann Hesse.
"It was experiences like that that really showed me how much gospel-influenced Elvis on a musical level, on a spiritual level, on the way he moved, and the freedom of his body. I remember walking into this little chapel,
with all these period microphones, and they’re stamping their feet. I stood in the centre and tears poured down my face and chills down my spine.
Gospel music was so important to Elvis. You know, I think it was an incredible gift us getting to go down to Nashville and record with some of the most amazing gospel singers I’ve ever heard.
When we first started, it really felt like when you're a kid, and you put on your father's suit, and the

sleeves are much too long, and the shoes are like boats on your feet. At the beginning, I thought, this is impossible. You know, how could I possibly do anything but feel like I'm less than this superhuman individual? But as time passed I started to feel like I grew into it. And suddenly, I felt Elvis' humanity more.

Baz also directs in a way that we tried so much to get it right.. So we had tapes where it was just purely for getting every finger to be in the exact same way that he moved. And then some we would just throw it away and allow just visceral life to come.

We were in Nashville and so headed to Memphis. Priscilla was at Graceland and I met her.
I walk in, and I’m just waiting in the living room. Eventually, she walks in. She’s so ethereal. It took my breath away.
She looked me in the eyes. Something so profound about staring into the eyes meant so much to Elvis. It gives me chills right now. She said, ‘you have a lot of support'. She hugged me, and that was so huge for me getting that blessing.

ELVIS opens in cinemas June 24 2022.

(News, Source;Various/ElvisINet)

Wednesday 16 March 2022
‘Elvis’ World Premiere at Cannes!: Great news that the Baz Luhrmann ELVIS biopic will have its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Warner Bros is hyping up its upcoming film ELVIS with a premiere just as flashy as the man himself. The movie will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival a month before its theatrical release. While no specific date has been selected yet it will have to be between May 17 to May 28.
Luhrmann has previously opened the French Riviera Film festival with both Moulin Rouge! in 2001 and The Great Gatsby in 2013.
Luhrmann’s first movie since The Great Gatsby, ELVIS explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager. The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.
Variety had predicted the film will play at Cannes along with 'Top Gun: Maverick', George Miller’s 'Three Thousand Years of Longing', David Cronenberg’s 'Crimes of the Future', Wes Anderson's 'Asteroid City' among others..
The Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection will be unveiled at a press conference in Paris during the second or third week of April. - ELVIS is set to hit Cinemas on June 24.
(News, Source;Variety/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 13 March 2022
Alton Mason "Little Richard" with Baz Luhrmann: Alton Mason is an American model - GQ named him 2019 male model of the year- who stars as Little Richard "the architect of rock and roll” in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming ELVIS blockbuster movie.
VMan magazine recently featured an interview with him and Baz Luhrmann where he discusses how he landed the coveted role of Little Richard plus his influences fueling his forthcoming foray into music.
The article includes ..
Baz Luhrmann: You’re known for modeling which, I mean you were getting Model of the Year Award, so that says everything. But from the moment I met you I was aware of two things: you danced and you )
not only loved music but you made music. Talk a little bit about your dad and the Mahalia connection. I think he’s from Shreveport, which I think features very much in Elvis’ life.
Alton Mason: Yes, absolutely. It’s actually crazy how my parents are so influential with the way I was raised and how it correlates to the Elvis film. On my mom’s side, we have Mahalia Jackson, on my dad’s side, he’s from Shreveport, Louisiana. So we have deep, deep, deep roots in Louisiana. And before I even flew out to Australia I spent a lot of time in the South, really getting familiar with the energy and the essences.
BL: It’s the beginning of a very long road. It’s a lifetime journey, revealing yourself. One of the great joys for me is identifying an artist. And no artist that I work with, no matter what their background is, gets to play every string on their instrument in their entire career. And so, building an environment where they can just reveal a new string is important. I think we see that in you playing Little Richard in the movie. There’s such an important scene, later in the film, where you’re hanging out with B.B. King … and all of the intensity you brought to the scene, it’s another string on your instrument. I mean, you were really present in the movie as this character. You were Little Richard.

This full interview appears in VMAN 48 Click here
(News, Source;VMan/ElvisInfoNet

Friday 4 March 2022
12 reasons to get excited about ELVIS Movie: It is great to see mainstream articles promoting the new Luhrmann ELVIS biopic.
Recently 'Flicks' (Australian website that proudly supports and invests in local film and pop-culture writers) published a neat article stating the....
12 reasons to get excited about Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis extravaganza.
1. The musical moments!
Baz Luhrmann movies always feature cleverly repurposed pop, from young hearts running free in Romeo + Juliet, to the anachronistic mashups of Moulin Rouge! and the chart-topping Great Gatsby soundtrack. We’re sure to hear other tunes from the 50s through to the 70s getting the same revitalised treatment.

2. Austin Butler totally embodies The King of Rock and Roll
Damn, that face, the voice, those moves! Butler truly looks like Presley..
3. Tom Hanks’ kooky voice as Colonel Tom Parker
This is the film that Hanks and wife Rita Wilson suffered through COVID for, so the loveable actor’s turn as Presley’s domineering manager should be worth the effort.
4. The film could make Elvis seem sexy and dangerous again
Most of the trailer focuses on Elvis, his pelvis, and the controversial impact both had on America’s conservative post-WW2 culture... with a swipe of emo eyeliner, it seems Baz is revamping Presley’s initial image as a rebellious rock ‘n roll bad boy.

5…. Whilst also revealing the Black roots behind his popularity
A young Presley’s awakening is shown to take place in a Mississippi revival tent, where gospel and blues music overwhelm the boy. Cleverly, Luhrmann’s Elvis will reintroduce modern audiences to some of those original influences, giving them their belated dues…
6. Today’s music, fashion and screen stars play legends of yesteryear
Cyrano star Kelvin Harrison Jr. plays B.B. King, model Alton Mason is Little Richard, and rising country star Yola will bring her world-class vocals to the role of Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
7. The director is credited for his writing three times, on his first film in almost a decade
As well as a “story by” credit, Luhrmann gets a further two screenplay credits—seemingly for his work with two distinctive writing teams?
8. Olivia DeJonge’s bouffant hairstyles as Priscilla
Australian actress Olivia DeJonge as Presley’s teen bride Priscilla
9. We’ll see Presley’s downfall as only Baz can imagine it
“This could all be over in a flash”, Elvis utters, but in fact The King’s downfall was drawn out over years of addiction, ego, poor health and a rapidly changing outside world.
10. Australian actors play Presley’s family, at home and on the road
The casting of Richard Roxburgh and Helen Thomson as mom and pop Presley makes sense when you remember this whole thing was shot in Queensland, not Graceland.
11. Catherine Martin’s rhinestone-studded costumes
She’s Baz’s wife, she’s the most Oscar-awarded Australian in the Academy’s history, and she’s certain to knock our blue suede shoes off with countless outrageous period costumes.
12. Recreations of real concerts will make The King’s biggest fans swoon
Includes a faithful staging of the ’68 comeback special, where a leathery King proved that he’s still got it after years in the army and in Hollywood.
For the complete article plus extra photos go to 'FLICKS'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 25 February 2022
Baz Luhrmann & Austin Butler Interview: This week Nelson George, US author, music and culture critic and filmmaker posted a fascinating interview with Baz Luhrmann & Austin Butler.
It is well worth seeing and includes cool footage from the film.


The interview includes...
Austin Butler, "I don't remember a moment in my life that Elvis wasn't a part of it. That's the thing about Elvis, he has sort of become the wall-paper of society. He was such a superhuman figure. so to me it was the curiosity to finding out who he was as a person. and delve into studying everything I could on him, watching every bit of footage countless times, reading everything I could, and talking to as many people as I could  and getting down to who he really was a man. That I found really intriguing."

Baz Luhrmann, "What's so great about that is, we didn't take it, so much as live it. We lived the Elvis journey. ...  To the fans, thanks so much for stepping through the door. And after an incredible three year journey and the privilege of this film-making experience I hope to see you all in a theatre very very soon."
To find out what happened when Austin Butler met Priscilla - Go to YouTube here
And go HERE for EIN's "ELVIS" Movie Spotlight.
(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

New Elvis Presley Movie Won't Forget His Army Service: Even the US Military.com is promoting the new Elvis movie.
They write... Australian director Baz Luhrmann is finally ready to unleash "Elvis," his epic biopic of the Army veteran and king of rock ‘n’ roll. The studio has just released the first trailer.
We get a brief glimpse of Presley in his Army uniform in this trailer, providing confirmation that the movie will portray the King's decision to accept his draft status and leave his career behind to serve at the height of his musical career.
Of course, the other reason that Germany is important in the Elvis story is that's where he met his future wife, Priscilla Beaulieu. Priscilla was the 14-year-old stepdaughter of U.S. Air Force officer Paul Beaulieu, and her family was stationed in Germany when she met Elvis at a party in Bad Nauheim in 1959.
They eventually married in Las Vegas when she
turned 21 in 1967. There are a lot of fuzzy details in between, but Priscilla moved to Memphis, Tennessee, at some point and lived with Elvis' dad and stepmother a few blocks from Graceland while she finished high school.
If you were really planning to tell the story of Elvis in detail, you'd plan a 10-season HBO or Netflix series and give each shocking twist and turn its own chapter. Luhrmann, director of such flashy movies as the 1996 "Romeo + Juliet" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, "Moulin Rouge" and the 2013 version of "The Great Gatsby," prefers to take a couple of hours to blow the audience away with his spectacular camerawork and blaring soundtracks.
(News, Source;Military.com/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 18 February 2022 ... .. ELVIS ELVIS ELVIS .. ...
'ELVIS' Baz Luhrmann Trailer: Finally fans get to see a full trailer for the new Baz Luhrmann 'ELVIS' biopic. And it looks splendid. While no actor could really look like the real ELVIS, Austin Butler has some cool acting skills, fine enough for you to spend disbelief for two hours of fabulous Luhrmann-style OTT cinematic homage to the King.
Luhrmann is one of the most stylistically eccentric directors known for his lavish, musically-inclined movies such as 'Moulin Rouge!' and 'The Great Gatsby'. His magnificent style shines through in the new trailer posted last night.
Austin Butler as Elvis looks great rocking out to his early audiences, gyrating on US tv through to later Las Vegas superstar years. Tom Hanks as Col Parker delivers a full on threatening performance.
The press interview with Australian Baz Luhrmann included...
“The great storytellers like Shakespeare, they didn’t really do biographies, they used a life as a canvas to explore a larger idea ... The life of Elvis Presley could not be a better canvas in which to explore America in the ’50s, the ′60s and the ’70s. That 42 years, until his death in 1977, is three great lives put into a short period of time.
I had the privilege, as the ultimate outsider, to be allowed into the world of Elvis."

That meant having a place to work in the Graceland barn for 18 months and recording Butler singing in the same studio Elvis used in Nashville.
Luhrmann said one of the challenges was showing a modern audience how strange and shocking the young Elvis was to audiences more familiar with country music, with his rock and roll look, swivelling hips and singing style.
“Elvis was the original punk in some regards. He was wildly provocative ... there really were riots."
The relatively poor quality of Elvis’ early recordings in mono and “somewhat nostalgic” required inventive thinking for the singing scenes.
Luhrmann revealed.. “We came up with an unusual language – a musical language – for the film. Austin would sing all the young Elvis.
But from the ’60s on, we would blend it with the real Elvis. So when you hear 'In The Ghetto' it is Elvis."

Luhrmann said he learnt how much black music and culture were essential to the story of a musical legend who was surprisingly spiritual.

Austin Butler confirmed... “For maybe a year before we even started shooting, I was doing six, seven days a week of voice coaching and working with different experts and just trying to get the register to be in the right place and the dialect and the way Elvis inflects and everything. But ultimately we realised the life is what’s important ... You can impersonate somebody but to find the humanity and the life within and the passion and the heart, I had to release myself from the constraints of that.”

EIN Notes how fabulous it was to see 'ELVIS' on the front page of today's Melbourne major newspaper 'The Age'.

See the TRAILER HERE via YouTube - don't miss it.

The film premieres in theatres on June 24, 2022

Go here to read the complete interview and publicity piece

(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

Go here to the official ELVIS movie website.

January 8 2022 - Baz Luhrmann Happy Birthday Elvis!: The extremely cool Australian director Baz Luhrmann provided his own delightful 'Happy Birthday' to our hero. 
Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' biopic will be released in June 2022.
In the short clip he explains that in his production space everyone is surrounded by Elvis. 
Even the screening room is modelled after Elvis' bedroom in the Hilton Hotel.   

The Instagram clip only runs 1 minute but it is worth checking out - and should help you get even more excited about the biopic.

Go here to via the clip

VIVA ELVIS in 2022

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

November 2021
First ‘ELVIS’ Movie Teaser: Australian director Baz Luhrmann is taking care of business.
The filmmaker shared a teaser trailer for his upcoming Elvis Presley biopic starring Austin Butler as the iconic musician.
The brief video which Luhrmann shared via Instagram included a shot of Butler from behind as a young Elvis and other shots of the singer walking backstage in his recognizable performance wear.
The video ended with the letters TCB and the date June 24, 2022.
Baz Luhrmann  noted, "Made a little something to let you good people know we are taking care of business on June 24, 2022."
The ELVIS biopic was originally supposed to release on June 3rd, 2022 but thanks to Luhrmann's tweet it's been confirmed the film has been pushed back to June 24th, 2022. Luhrmann's latest film will be released only in theaters and not in a hybrid fashion.
Warner Brothers has been trying to move away from their previous pandemic distribution plan, which saw film released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.
(News, Source;Insta/ElvisInfoNet)

Baz Luhrmann shares Austin Butler recording in historic RCA Studio: While the ELVIS biopic may be over 18 months away director Baz Luhrmann has already begun sharing teases with fans.
Each week the Moulin Rouge filmmaker puts out some classic photos of The King as part of Elvis Monday on his Instagram. Although over the last fortnight he has started finally showing off his upcoming movie, with last week seeing a few shots from the film itself.
This week, Baz shared pictures of Austin Butler as Elvis recording in Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A.
Originally known simply as RCA Victor Nashville Sound Studios, this along with the more famous Studio B, was the recording room for The King’s record label.
In 1955, RCA Victor purchased Elvis’ recording contract from Memphis’ Sun Records for a then incredible sum of $35,000.
Elvis would go on to be the record label’s biggest-selling artist, selling 10 million singles in 1956, having begun with Heartbreak Hotel.
(News, Source;Insta/ElvisInfoNet)

Baz Luhrmann Interview with Sam Bell: Showing just how much research ELVIS biopic director Baz Luhrmann was doing for his new movie on the King, Luhrmann posted this fascinating interview with Elvis' childhood freind Sam Bell.  In it Sam talks about Elvis’ childhood and growing up together.
Baz takes him around Tupelo showing all of the areas where they lived and played, with stories along the way.
Sam Bell commented about Elvis, "We had a swimming hole and go fishing together in the creeks. We'd go down to the fairgrounds and play baseball out there. He'd end doing a concert there later on.
It hurt so bad when he had to leave (for Memphis). His Mother Gladys used to make the best cool-aid and she always trusted Elvis being with us.
Elvis was a different kinda' guy, he wasn't boastful but he wanted to do better. We were surprised when the family left. - I'd liked to have seen him again, spent more time with him"
Sadly, Sam passed in September 2021 aged 85.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

October 2021

Baz Luhrmann Taking Care Of Business!: ELVIS movie director Baz Luhrmann has announced a weekly ELVIS DAY when he will share pictures to get fans involved in his upcoming biopic.

Luhrmann tweeted.. "Still taking care of business here... Thought we’d make Monday, ‘Elvis Day’, dropping you some favorite pics as we go through our journey."

Next summer his new ELVIS biopic will hit cinemas, charting the life and career of The King of Rock and Roll. But with less than a year to go we still haven’t had our first look at Austin Butler as Elvis or Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker, let alone a trailer.

The first set of pictures featured Elvis posing and performing back in the 1950s. The second set yesterday featured the comment, "To Understand The Elvis phenomenon you must first understand the Colonel".

The weekly pictures are on Baz Luhrmann Twitter feed.

(News, Source:NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS biopic: It has been revealed that at its CineEurope presentation in Barcelona, Warner Bros rocked out with a brief first-look at Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS and screened some behind-the-scenes footage from Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore, providing a bit of fresh insight into both projects.
Elvis was also in the building, sort of, with this first-look at Luhrmann’s musical biopic. The film explores the life and music of the King of Rock and Roll (portrayed by Austin Butler), as seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks). The footage included a look at Hanks as Parker and Butler as Elvis, interspersed with stills and set against the backdrop of some of Presley’s music.
In a video message, Luhrmann described the film as Parker’s take on Elvis.

Luhrmann began his creative journey on the film with 18 months spent in an office barn at The King’s home of Graceland. There he had access to the Presley archives to research the movie before shooting in his native Australia with Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as The Colonel.

“I saw this story of the Colonel and Elvis as a really great prism through which to explore the latter part of the 20th century.
Elvis represents what happens when a kid lives in one of four designated white houses in a black community.
Something new comes about, a fusion between country and African-American music, gospel and country-and-western music....
Col Parker represents another quality in America 'The Big Sell'"

It’s currently in post-production in Australia and is set for release in June next year.

(News, Source:Deadline/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 26 March 2021
ELVIS Biopic filming Wraps: Elvis has left the (Queensland) building!
Austin Butler who plays Elvis in the new Baz Luhrmann ELVIS biopic headed back to the US after filming wrapped at the Australian studios
Shooting has now wrapped on the project in Queensland, and the Hollywood actor, 29, is heading home.  
Last week the star left the QLD apartment block he called a home away from home, with the naturally blonde actor clearly still attached to the iconic subject matter of his latest project with Elvis' slicked back 'do still locked in place.
In order to play the King of Rock N Roll, the American actor enlisted the help of a Gold Coast trainer to replicate the late singer's build, and work on hip exercises to master Elvis' iconic moves.
Tom Hanks will also star as Elvis' notorious manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

The film is expected to be released in cinemas June 2022.
Elvis fans and EPE Inc have high expectations for this movie to push ELVIS back in to the main spotlight.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Memphis on Australia's Gold Coast: The ABC reported 'What a movie set!'
Filming for Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic is underway on the Gold Coast.
The Brisbane ABC news chopper caught this glimpse of the set earlier today.
Check out the cars, the shop fronts, and the costumes!
The movie stars Austin Butler as the rock star, and Tom Hanks as Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Go here to 'ABC News Facebook' to see the clip

(News, Source;ABC/ElvisInfoNet)

January 2021

Luhrmann’s ELVIS movie now for 2022 release: Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS biopic, now currently in production in Australia, has moved its official release date from November 5, 2021 to June 3, 2022.
The movie will explore the life and music of Elvis ( Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks.
The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.
Olivia DeJonge, Gary Clark, Jr., Yola, Shonka Dukureh, Shannon Sanders, Lenesha Randolph, Jordan Holland, Kelvin Harrison Jr. , Alton Mason also star. Australia's David Wenham will play TV director Steve Binder. The biopic also stars Natasha Bassett as Dixie Locke, Xavier Samuel as Scotty Moore, Leon Ford as Tom Diskin, Kate Mulvany as Marion Keisker, Gareth Davies as Bones Howe, Charles Grounds as Billy Smith, Josh McConville as Sam Phillips, and Adam Dunn as Bill Black.
On the cast, Luhrmann said: “Elvis was surrounded by an extraordinary array of rich personalities, and we are very fortunate to pull together a tremendous ensemble to tell this story. It’s exciting to unite some of Australia’s finest actors, from longtime collaborators from Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby like Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham and Kate Mulvany, to exciting new faces such as Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett and many more. ”
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Baz Luhrmann praises Austin Butler’s ability to embody ELVIS: Legendary performer Elvis Presley has never been given the proper biopic treatment and with such runaway successes as Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman filling cinema seats and garnering Academy Awards, it is about time he did.
Australian Director Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) stepped up to the challenge to do the King justice, but the biggest issue with telling Elvis’ story was always going to be casting the correct actor to play the versatile star.
Thankfully Luhrmann believes he found the perfect on-screen Elvis in former Disney star Austin Butler. He explained: “I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right. We searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural
movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star [Elvis], but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.”
Touching upon the arrival of Butler, Luhrmann said: “I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway. 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.”
Despite being a relative newcomer to cinema, he was in Tarantino's Award winning Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Butler has already gained quite the fan in Luhrmann.
The film - simply titled ELVIS - is due for release at the end of the year.
(News, Source:UKTabloids/EIN)

Tom Hanks shows off new look for upcoming Elvis biopic: Tom Hanks, is that you? The 64-year-old actor was a virtual guest on Tuesday's The Graham Norton Show, and admitted that he's not thrilled with the latest hairstyle he's rocking to play Elvis' manager, Col Parker, in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming biopic about the King of Rock and Roll. For the part, Hanks currently has a completely bald head with the exception of a few patches of hair on the sides.
"Here, let me show you the horrible haircut I have to have in order to portray Col Tom Parker. Check out this horrible — can you see that?" Hanks told the host via video from Australia, where the movie is being filmed.
"Look at that thing!" Hanks quipped, "I just scared the children. I want to apologize for showing that."

"Evidently, that's my gig now, so I only play real people in show business," the Oscar winner replied.
To get a better idea of the infamous character, Hanks previously had dinner with Priscilla Presley.
"He was both a genius and a scoundrel," Hanks said of Parker, "He was a very disciplined man, but also a guy who you might want to check your wallet to make sure you still have all those fives and 10s."
Hanks had dinner with Priscilla in the hopes of getting a better take on the man he was playing. Hanks said he was taken aback by her reaction.
"I was expecting to hear stories about the distrust she had for 'Colonel Tom' Parker over these many years, but she said, 'No. He was a wonderful man, and I wish he was alive today. He took really great care of us. He was a scoundrel in his way,"
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

September 2020
 Royal (quarantine) treatment for Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: Although Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has continuously denied that Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks has been getting special treatment in her state, rumours keep proliferating of the actor’s luxury stay in a mega mansion while in quarantine. The actor is in Australia to resume filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic, and it was believed he was staying at the plush Rivermead Estate at Guanaba, while others were forced to quarantine in small hotel rooms.
Ms Palaszczuk slammed the rumours, assuring media that Tom Hanks is quarantining in a hotel just like everyone else.
The Rivermead Estate (pictured), where Hanks is rumoured to be staying along with his actress-wife Rita Wilson, boasts 22 hectares of sprawling gardens. The mega mansion is said to have six bedrooms, a billiard room, wine cellar, day spa and sauna, swimming pool and spa, tennis and basketball courts and outdoor teppanyaki bar, as well as a separate pool guesthouse. It can house up to 19 guests.
The property’s website prices nightly accommodation between $4000 and $6000.
But Hanks is staying in a hotel room, according to Ms Palaszczuk. “My advice is that he is staying in a hotel, so I am told that he is not staying in a house,” she said in today’s press conference.
The state’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young admitted that Tom Hanks had initially been given special treatment by being exempted from quarantine hotels. The move was justified on the grounds of “entertainment and film bring(ing) a lot of money into this state”. Ms Palaszczuk confirmed the ELVIS movie was important for the state‘s economy.
“Very few places are producing movies … at the moment, but Queensland is able to do that, we’re able to support the industry and get people back into work,” she said.
EIN comment: It isn’t only Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson who are getting superior quarantine arrangements in Queensland. It is interesting to note that also recently, 400 Australian Football League executives and their families served their quarantine in up-market accommodation by booking out the entire RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast, where they reportedly were able to play golf and "mingle in the pool’'. Other features at the Resort include polished rooms, marble bathrooms with whirlpool baths. There are also 4 restaurants, 2 bars and 2 lounges. Other amenities include a spa, the heated outdoor pool, golf courses, gym, and tennis courts.
(News, Source: Courier Mail/AFL/ElvisInfoNet)

COVID Causes Cast Changes: Richard Roxburgh, Helen Thomson, David Wenham, Dacre Montgomery join ‘ELVIS’: A host of Aussie actors have joined the main cast of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, including Richard Roxburgh, Helen Thomson, David Wenham and Dacre Montgomery.
They join the previously announced Austin Butler in the titular role, Tom Hanks as manager Colonel Tom Parker, Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley, and Luke Bracey as Jerry Schilling.
Roxburgh, who has previously worked with Luhrmann on Moulin Rouge!, will play Elvis’ father, Vernon, and Thomson his mother, Gladys. (photo right)
The roles were initially to be filled by Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rufus Sewell, but both actors have had to leave the Warner Bros project after it was shutdown and subsequently delayed due to Hanks contracting COVID-19.
Wenham will play Hank Snow and Montgomery TV
director Steve Binder. The biopic will also star Natasha Bassett as Dixie Locke, Xavier Samuel as Scotty Moore, Leon Ford as Tom Diskin, Kate Mulvany as Marion Keisker, Gareth Davies as Bones Howe, Charles Grounds as Billy Smith, Josh McConville as Sam Phillips, and Adam Dunn as Bill Black.
Due to resume shooting on the Gold Coast September 23, Elvis will explore the life and music of Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
On the cast, Luhrmann said: “Elvis was surrounded by an extraordinary array of rich personalities, and we are very fortunate to pull together a tremendous ensemble to tell this story. It’s exciting to unite some of Australia’s finest actors, from longtime collaborators from Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby like Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham and Kate Mulvany, to exciting new faces such as Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett and many more.
“With the world as it is right now, our entire company is grateful that we can join together in this creative venture to bring employment and opportunity in front of and behind the camera, and to the community at large.”
(News, Source;JM/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 13 September 2020
Luhrmann's ELVIS movie Re-Start soon: Baz Luhrmann's Elvis movie finally has a new date to start filming. The director of Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby has announced that the musical drama about the King's life will begin shooting in Queensland on September 23 after Tom Hanks finishes quarantine.
Pre-production was shut down in March when Hanks and wife Rita Wilson were diagnosed with COVID-19.
The two-time Oscar winner is playing manager Colonel Tom Parker with Austin Butler as Elvis and Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla in a movie for Warner Bros.
Hanks flew into the state on a private jet last Tuesday night and is staying at a Gold Coast hotel that is not one of Queensland Health's designated quarantine hotels, with security paid for by the production.
While details had been scant to date, Elvis will cover the dynamic between Presley and Parker over 20 years "against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America".
Luhrmann said in a statement , "We're back to, as Elvis liked to say, 'Taking Care of Business!' I cannot emphasise enough how lucky we feel in the current climate that the state of Queensland, and Queenslanders in general, have been so supportive of this film."
Luhrmann thanked the state government and Queensland Health "so that we can be an example how creativity and productivity can proceed safely and responsibly in a way that protects our team and the community at large".
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told Queensland parliament that Hanks and others were allowed entry into the state under the screen industry's COVID-safe plan.
"Under that plan they have to stay in the place for two weeks just like everybody else and they will have random checks by the police," she said.
Hanks' hotel had been approved by Queensland Health and his quarantine would be "subject to the same standard of supervision and testing as all other travellers" arriving in Queensland.
"Our production has very strict COVID workplace plans, including for quarantine of cast and crew entering Queensland from overseas, compliant with all Queensland Health requirements."
Note that in the six months of CV19 pandemic Queensland (5.1 million) has only had 1,150 cases total and only six deaths.
In comparison Florida, USA, with a similar climate and 20 million population, has had  662,000 cases and 12,600 deaths.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Luke Bracey joins ELVIS biopic as Jerry Schilling: More Baz Luhrmann Elvis biopic news as Australian actor Luke Bracey, best known for his role in 'Little Fires Everywhere' and movies Point Break and The Best Of Me, has joined the cast to play the role of Memphis Mafia's Jerry Schilling.
Jerry Schilling first met Elvis playing football in Memphis and later became a core part of the "Memphis Mafia." Schilling also went on to manage the Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, and eventually Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie.
The cast also includes Tom Hanks plus Maggie Gyllenhaal as Gladys Presley, Rufus Sewell as Vernon Presley and Austin Butler as ELVIS.
Director Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gastby) wrote the screenplay with Craig Pearce.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

July 2020
ELVIS Biopic to Restart ASAP: Tom Hanks is expecting to head back to Australia in October to resume filming Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic. The movie had been in pre-production back in March, when the Queensland shoot was shut down after Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, both tested positive for the coronavirus.
They were briefly hospitalised and quarantined while they recovered, before returning to their home in Los Angeles, where they have been donating plasma to help medical researchers find a cure.
Hanks has said they are aiming to resume filming in three months. "There is certainly a plan and a desire from the studio's perspective and from everybody else involved in the movie to figure out a way to make it happen," Hanks recently told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"There are dates on the calendar that say maybe we will be making this movie in October, but all of
that stuff is a 'maybe' as questions about quarantine and sterilising soundstages and all of that go on.”
However, the Government says that the country's borders would still remain closed to travellers from overseas for "quite some time" in an effort to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
Luhrmann's musical biopic, also starring Austin Butler as Elvis, is scheduled to be released in November 2021.
(News, Source;SMH/ElvisInfoNet)

June 2020
ELVIS Biopic to Restart ASAP: As all fans know the Australian production of the new ELVIS biopic from director Baz Luhrmann was shut down when Tom Hanks caught Covid19 in the early stages of the world-wide pandemic.
However this week Screen Queensland chief executive Kylie Munnich announced that they are very committed to restart film production in Queensland as soon as possible.
The Elvis movie was shooting at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, and is now set to pick up principal photography as soon as restrictions lift.
Munnich said: "I know that they just closed the doors on stages and have stored the sets because they are absolutely committed to restart that film. They had done so much work in pre-production and were ready to go."

Last month Luhrmann teased they had been rehearsing a Las Vegas residency scene for the Elvis movie.
The director also noted that, "We were rehearsing camera positioning, everything, and I'd done all the tests - Austin, Tom, and the whole cast was on fire. We were that close."

He added, "During the testing process, Austin's (Butler) commitment, his transformative abilities from the young Elvis to beyond, he had been playing so very well.
He was terrific. There was such great energy and excitement in the cast and company, about the show we were about to shoot."

The untitled Elvis movie will hit UK cinemas on November 5, 2021.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

April 2020
Baz Luhrmann Talks ELVIS Biopic: Australian director Baz Luhrmann talked to Deadline magazine this week about his ELVIS biopic and the shock of Tom Hanks getting coronavirus.
Baz Luhrmann: So I was getting ready to begin shooting on that Monday, and I'm rehearsing the scene where we've built the Vegas showroom, and Tom as Col Parker, guides in Austin Butler as Elvis, and it's a scene where basically hundreds of girls are kissing Elvis, in a '70s show. Tom guides him through the crowd. All of a sudden I see my producer, Patrick McCormick on the set, and he had that look in his eyes and I thought, well this can't be good. You and the world knows what happened next. Tom and Rita handled it all so well, and we were so fortunate we had this direct connection with the head of infectious diseases,
because it was an immediate shutdown. Without getting into the Australia-U.S. comparison, when it comes to the health system, they are so robust here. They were right on it.
We immediately shut down that day. Everybody who was in the video practise footage and that included Austin and myself we were one hundred percent quarantined for 14 days, no contact with anybody. I was in my house and we were locked down entirely. A team turned up in hazmat suits and we were tested. We wouldn't have been immediately infectious - you have to see if you have symptoms - but poor Tom and Rita, they were in the hospital and we were locked down in quarantine. And it turned out we never had one more infection in the entire crew.
I was only four days out from shooting. I had built the Vegas showroom, the International which became the Hilton, and you know that famous scene where Elvis is playing that showroom?
We were rehearsing camera positioning, everything, and I'd done all the tests, Austin, Tom, and the whole cast was on fire. We were that close.

Q- It sure seems after seeing Austin Butler in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, you've caught hold of a terrific young actor...
Baz L: During the testing process, Austin Butler's commitment, his transformative abilities from the young Elvis to beyond, he had been playing so very well. He was terrific. There was such great energy and excitement in the cast and company, about the show we were about to shoot
Now we are making lateral plans but we will not get back into it until the end of the year, if all is going well. We've just been re-dated to NOVEMBER 2021 release. Anything can happen...

(News, Source;Deadline/ElvisInfoNet)

March 2020 - The COVID 19 Virus hits Australia
ELVIS Biopic Now Suspended Indefinitely: An update on the earlier ELVIS biopic story, now director Baz Luhrmann has announced that his upcoming Elvis movie will not be continuing production for a while.
The movie starring Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge and Tom Hanks was shut down after Hanks was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Lurhmann posted, "I'm sure it will come as no surprise that this is not the moment to be resuming production on the film. Please know this is in no way a reflection on our commitment to make this movie here in Queensland. In fact, we are not even taking our sets down, simply locking up the creative space over the next few days.
I have spoken to the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and we all agree that right now, this is the right time for people all over the world, from all walks of life, to be at home, indoors, with their loved ones - washing our hands five times a day.
All going well, we have a passionate conviction to be back here on the Gold Coast, picking up where we left off as soon as the time is right."

Tom Hanks posted an update on his situation, "Hey folks. Good news: One week after testing positive, in self-

isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs. Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.
"Bad news: my wife has won 6 straight hands of Gin Rummy and now leads by 201 points!"
Tom Hanks plays Elvis' manager Col Parker - The film was slated for release in October 2021.
(News, Source;AAP/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 17 March 2020
ELVIS Biopic Delayed by only two weeks: According to Film Australia Tom Hanks remains the only person involved in the Baz Luhrmann Elvis biopic to have contracted (COVID-19) Coronavirus.
A representative stated, "We have delayed our start date by approximately two weeks to allow for their full recovery."
Production should re-start in early April.
"We are aware of only the one case of the coronavirus amongst cast and crew and additionally the cast member's wife Rita Wilson.
Working closely with the Queensland Health Department we have delayed our start date by approximately two weeks to allow for their full recovery."
Tom Hanks had been on the country's Gold Coast for the pre-production of the biopic, in which he plays the music icon's long-time manager Colonel Parker.
(Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood's Austin Butler is playing Presley.)
Filming for the movie has been halted after both Hanks and his Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus.
Director Baz Luhrmann (right with Tom Hanks) and his family remain in the standard 14-day isolation in a house on the Gold Coast.
(News, Source,AAP/ElvisInfoNet)

Baz Lurhmann’ ELVIS biopic production halted: After Tom Hanks tested positive for Covid19 a few days ago, the production on the ELVIS biopic he is shooting in Australia has now ground to a halt, according to reports. The 63-year-old is set to play Elvis’ manager Colonel Parker in the yet-to-be-titled film currently in pre-production on the Gold Coast. Despite his son Chet insisting his parents ‘aren’t even that sick’, the Lurhmann production is taking no risks.
Luhrmann has also told his cast and crew to stay at home saying that they faced a difficult situation but that the health and well-being of our entire company is our absolute focus at this time.
Other cast members include Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rufus Sewell as Elvis’s parents, Vernon and Gladys, Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla and Austin Butler as the man himself, Elvis.
In a statement Warner Bros noted, ‘We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis film, which is currently in pre-production in Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19. We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual'.
Tom Hanks has posted, "What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach. We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!’
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 12 March 2020
Tom Hanks Catches Coronavirus: Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have unfortunately both tested positive for Coronavirus while working in Australia.
Hanks is starring as Colonel Parker in Baz Luhrmann's new ELVIS film and both of them have been put into isolation while they recover
The 63-year-old Academy Award-winning actor is currently in Queensland filming Luhrmann's currently untitled Elvis Presley production.
Hanks wrote on Instagram on Thursday that after he and Wilson had been feeling "a bit tired, like we had colds" and had been "found to be COVID19 positive".
"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds and some body aches, Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.

We Hanks' will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach."
Production on the Luhrmann film had been set to begin filming on Monday.
In a statement Warner Bros said, "The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

February 2020

Yola to play sister Rosetta Tharpe in upcoming Elvis film bio: British musician Yola will play singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe — dubbed the Godmother of rock and roll — in Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama ELVIS. The film so far stars Austin Butler in the title role, Tom Hanks as Col Tom Parker, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Presley’s mother and Rufus Sewell as his father.

Luhrmann co-wrote the script with Craig Pearce and Sam Bromell. The movie revolves around the veteran manager and the young singer, who came from dirt-poor origins to become an icon who changed the course of music history.

Tharpe was a rock and roll pioneer who gained popularity in the 1930s and ’40s through her experimental gospel recordings.

She was an early influence on Presley’s career. Yola released her critically acclaimed, genre-bending debut album “Walk Through Fire” in February 2019. Nine months later, she received four Grammy Award nominations, including best new artist. (News, Source: Variety)

Read EIN's article on Sister Rosetta Tharpe's influence on Elvis

Watch an electrifying clip of Sister Rosetta Tharpe with some incredible electric guitar work

Rufus Sewell to play Vernon Presley:  Pre-production continues on Baz Luhrman’s ELVIS biopic as another name is added to the film’s cast. Rufus Sewell (Judy, A Knight’s Tale, The Man in the High Castle) has joined the Elvis biopic as The King’s “reserved, soft-spoken” father Vernon Presley.
The story, staring Austin Butler, will follow Elvis and his “elevation to a level of stardom and celebrity set against an evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.”
Rufus Sewell’s role will be a significant one as Vernon Presley was a proud supporter of his son and would also manage his business affairs in an office behind the famous Graceland mansion. Vernon was also keen on Col Parker (Tom Hanks) and his love of money. However, coming from a poor background, Vernon was famously insecure and often worried about losing
their fortune and going back to the poor lifestyle they led before.
Tom Hanks plays Col Tom Parker noted as "a man who would end up betraying Elvis and taking advantage of his stardom".
With all the rage surrounding musical biopics lately, thanks to the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, there will undoubtedly be a lot of hype around this movie.
With Baz Luhrman's OTT style and cool designs ELVIS should be truly memorable and a massive success.
Elvis has a release date of October 1, 2021.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Maggie Gyllenhaal to play Gladys Presley in Baz Luhrmann Elvis biopic: The Warner Bros film stars Austin Butler in the title role and Tom Hanks as Elvis Presley’s manger, Colonel Tom Parker.
Luhrmann co-wrote the script with Craig Pearce. The movie revolves around the veteran manager and the young singer, who came from dirt-poor origins to become an icon who changed the course of music history.
Throughout his career, Presley talked about his devotion to his mother, constantly calling her his number one girl. The close relationship is said to have continued when the musician’s career took off and during Gladys’ bout of depression due to his time away from home.
Gyllenhaal just wrapped the final season of her critically acclaimed HBO drama series “The Deuce.” On the film side, Gyllenhaal was most recently seen in Netflix pic “The Kindergarten Teacher” - (News, Source: Variety)


January 2020
Tom Hanks' low-key arrival in Australia to film Elvis biopic: Hollywood icon Tom Hanks is set to star in the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann.  And the two-time Oscar winner cut a casual figure on Sunday as he touched down at Gold Coast Airport. Despite his long flight from the U.S., the 63-year-old appeared to be in a good mood as he arrived in Australia. Tom was seen chatting to ground staff, who escorted him through the terminal and into a waiting vehicle outside. 

The biopic will document Elvis Presley's rise to fame against the backdrop of a changing cultural landscape in the 1950s and '60s.  Austin Butler plays Elvis, while Olivia DeJonge has been cast as the rock and roll singer's wife, Priscilla Presley.  The film is scheduled to be released in October 2021.  

Tom plays Elvis' late manager, Colonel Tom Parker, and has already earned the tick of approval from Parker's widow, Loanne.  Loanne said: 'If Tom Hanks takes on a role, he makes it a good fit. He will be a good fit for Colonel, I have trust in his abilities. Every story has a hero and a villain, and the past stories that made Elvis a hero and that leaves only the Colonel to be a villain and both of them were heroes in their own right.' (News, Source:DMA/EIN)

Tom Hanks gets to play the Bad Guy!: Veteran actor Tom Hanks says he is set to play a "bad guy" in the Elvis Presley biopic and he hopes to prove the naysayers wrong that he can only play the good guy.
Hanks who was awarded the Cecille B DeMille award at the recent Golden Globes ceremony is playing Elvis' shifty manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann's untitled biopic on the legendary musician. Relative newcomer Austin Butler is playing Presley.
Backstage at the Golden Globes Hanks joked, "If all goes according to plan, I'll be playing Colonel Tom Parker to Austin Butler's Elvis and hopefully I will then finally have an answer to all your stupid questions about why I will never play a bad guy. I think I'm about to do that. That's who I am playing next!"
Hanks will be flying to Australia to shoot the movie also sent out "good thoughts to Australia for what's going on down there" in the wake of the devastating bushfires.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

December 2019

Baz Luhrmann' ELVIS movie update: Priscilla and Jerry Schilling recently supplied a few more details about the up-coming Baz Luhrmann' ELVIS movie.
While in the UK for Elvis Seen/Unseen Priscilla revealed how she’s met with Baz and given him some feedback on the movie.
“I’m involved as much as Baz will let me be involved because he’s learning as he’s going along. I also asked Jerry come to my house and visit with Baz.”
Baz told us both what he had in mind and of course as it is "Baz Luhrmann" it is going to be very stylised - and not just a regular biopic.
I met him in Memphis and he brought Austin Butler over, who is playing Elvis, to meet me.
I am meeting with Austin soon, back in LA. He is sending me the script when they finish up the little details. So he has me pretty much involved.”
(Photo shows Baz Luhrmann and Elvis stars Olivia DeJonge and Austin Butler)
Elvis’ ex also confirmed her hopes of being in the biopic. (EIN - Surely NOT!)
“I don’t know. I will be in it, of course, but I have no idea yet because I haven’t seen the script yet.
He’s not quite finished. This is going to be out in 2021. So there’s a lot of changes in the script.
They’re really working diligently to make it right, or to make it about what Baz is looking for. So I’ll be seeing that soon, but I think there’ll be a lot of changes.”
Schilling added, "Tom Hanks is playing Col Parker and he’s the easy-to-go-to bad guy. But he was actually quite a special guy. A good human being. (EIN - Surely NOT!) There might have been differences, but they were creative.
But Colonel Parker is, I think, the most undeveloped personality in rock-and-roll history, and the most interesting. He’s like the PT Barnum of rock-and-roll.”
(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)
Col Parker was NOT a "good human being" go here to EIN's 'The Dark Side of Col Parker'

Baz Luhrmann at GQ Awards: Baz Luhrmann posted a great photo of the ELVIS director plus his two stars at the Australian GQ Awards.

What a fun night celebrating so much emerging Aussie creativity and talent at the GQAustralia
Men of the Year Awards! Speaking of talented, a big thanks to Austin Butler for presenting me with their film icon award and to Olivia DeJonge for joining on the adventure!




(News, Source;NP/elvisinfonet)


Baz Luhrmann posted this great photo as "Road Trip"

Elvis actor Austin Butler outside Tupelo Hardware store. Pre-production research for the new film.


September 2019

Cybill Shepherd says Austin Butler will ge great as my ex, Elvis: Cybill Shepherd -- one of Elvis Presley's famous exes -- says Austin Butler will probably kill as the King, but it won't be a walk through Graceland based on what she remembers.

The famous actress, singer and model -- who was an "It" girl in the '70s, and who briefly dated Elvis during his Vegas days -- told a photog at LAX Saturday that Austin will likely be great as her old flame. She's seen a photo of him, and suggests he's a dead-ringer.

However, when it comes to portraying the life of Elvis on the big screen ... Cybill says, "I think it's a rough row to hoe." That means it ain't gonna be an easy role. As to why, Cybill shares an interesting story that she played a role in -- and that she later learned the

full alleged details about. She says she read a book that detailed Elvis' life and, allegedly, while the King had her in one room of his Sin City hotel ... he'd also have two other women on the same floor. (News, Source:EIN/TMZ)

ELVIS Movie in Pre-Production: Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, husband and wife collaborators are back home in Australia to work on what will probably go down as their biggest career gamble to date: recreating the life and times of music icon Elvis Presley for the big screen.
Naturally the local film industry is excited by the huge Warner Bros project coming to Australia, with the production being split between Queensland and Sydney.
Luhrmann and Martin have previously recreated Belle Epoque Parisian nightclubs and Jazz Age New York with much fanfare in Sydney, so Graceland on the Gold Coast is highly feasible.
But in these early days knowing exactly what to expect with the Elvis film is uncertain. Indeed, while Luhrmann and Martin share a love of sequins with Elvis (see below) when delving into the the real life of the King of Rock, things can get quite murky.
It was last June at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood that Luhrmann was working hard on his Elvis epic, a project which has been on the backburner for several years. (EIN first reported this project back in May 2014!)
It was at the time that Luhrmann confirmed he had won the blessing of both Elvis' ex-wife Priscilla as well as Lisa Marie to make the film. Both women have been long-term defenders - and fierce proponents - of the Elvis image and estate, which has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue since his death in 1977.
So the question remain about just how accurately the legend of the much-loved Elvis Presley showbiz icon and "Southern gentleman" reflects the reality of Elvis Presley the man.
Handsome young actor Austin Butler will portray Elvis in Baz's film which covers a 20-year period tracking Presley’s rise from
“very famous” to “minor American God.”
Central to the story will be Presley's tumultuous relationship with his manager, a colourful and rather disturbing character named Colonel Tom Parker, who will be played by Tom Hanks.
When Presley died in August 1977,  Parker did not join the global outpouring of grief. Instead he flew to New York to negotiate a deal for the merchandising rights to the name and likeness of the dead star.
Posthumous sales of Elvis records and memorabilia boomed.
"Elvis didn't die," the Colonel told callers in the days following Presley's death. "The body did. We're keeping Elvis' spirit alive."
Before managing Elvis, Colonel Parker worked in a travelling circus with a dancing chicken act. The fowl were encouraged to perform by placing them on a kitchen hotplate, invisible to the audience.
Some have argued Colonel Parker's methods did not change much by the time he got hold of Elvis, who at the end of his career was touring in an endless series of fairly low rent productions at Parker's behest.
But what about Elvis himself? How will he be presented in the film? As the hip-swivelling love god or as the grown man who, by today's standards, dated rather young girls.
It was in 1959 when Elvis was 24-years-old serving in the military in Germany that he met Priscilla Beaulieu who was only 14-years-old at the time but who later would become his one and only wife.
They dated for six months before he returned to the US. In her memoir Elvis and Me, Priscilla writes that Elvis remained a gentleman until they married many years later in 1967.
Jerry Lee Lewis' career was initially ruined when the UK pres discovered he was married to Myra Gale Brown, his first cousin once removed, who was only 13 years old. It was Lewis' third marriage.
Let's hope Baz Luhrmann can pull off a genuinely truthful and also stunning look at the magnificence of Elvis' early career.
(News, Source;SMH/ElvisInfoNet)

August 2019
ELVIS Baz Luhrmann Biopic 2021 Release Date: Baz Luhrmann's anticipated Elvis Presley biopic has been given a release date of 1 October, 2021 by Warner Bros.
With lead actor Austin Butler staring as ELVIS and cast from a shortlist of five contenders which also included Miles Teller, Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Butler will play the King of Rock in the drama, which is described as a story that will "delve into the complex dynamic" between Presley and his manager Col. Tom Parker.
Oscar winner Tom Hanks will portray Col Parker who controlled every aspect of the performer's life.
The movie's timeline will span 20 years, "from Presley's rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America".
The ELVIS biopic marks Luhrmann's first film since The Great Gatsby.
Butler's most recent work includes a role in Quentin Tarantino's latest movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The plan is to shoot in early 2020 to accommodate Hanks' schedule.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

July 2019
Lana Del Ray to play Priscilla?: The meteoric rise of Elvis has been depicted several times onscreen, and the story will be told one more time in an upcoming big-screen biopic from director Baz Luhrmann.
With the recent news that Austin Butler has landed the lead role as Presley and Tom Hanks is set to play manager Col. Tom Parker, the late star's former wife is offering her opinion about who she thinks should be portraying her in the still-untitled biopic.
Recent reports have singer Lana Del Rey wanting to take on the role of Priscilla.
Media reports state that Del Rey feels it's a role she was born to play and that she has her agent contacting Baz Luhrmann hoping to get her cast.
Lana does look like Priscilla and has decided there's no way she won't get the part.
Despite the singer's reported enthusiasm, her lack of acting experience is reportedly a source of doubt for Luhrmann although he did use her song "Young & Beautiful" on the soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby".
When asked about the possibility Priscilla told media, "I like Lana" clearly giving her stamp of approval to Lana.
Priscilla Presley has clearly always been one of Lana Del Rey's muses. Besides their striking resemblance, LDR nods Elvis' ex-wife's fashion sense frequently and even croons "Elvis is my daddy" in her song Body Electric.
The movie is described as focusing on the late entertainer's rise and zenith, with a major aspect being his relationship with Parker.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 16 July 2019
Austin Butler to play ELVIS in new biopic: Aussie director Baz Luhrmann has announced that the Shannara Chronicles star Austin Butler has been cast as Elvis Presley in his new biopic.
News came in earlier this month that Austin Butler was one of the finalists to play the iconic musician in the new Baz Luhrmann’s movie and now he’s beaten out Harry Styles and Miles Teller for the role, though Luhrmann took his time making a selection.
Luhrmann explained how he concluded that the 27-year-old Butler was the right actor to bring Elvis to life in his movie:
"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. Throughout the casting process, it was an honor for me to encounter such a vast array of talent.
I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway, and 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."
Austin Butler has primarily made an impression in the TV realm, recurring in shows like Life Unexpected and being the lead in the short-lived The Carrie Diaries and The Shannara Chronicles. On the big screen, Butler’s credits include The Dead Don’t Die and the upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
He will act in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic alongside Tom Hanks who is playing Colonel Tom Parker. While the movie will chronicle Elvis’ path to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, it will specifically frame this story through his complex relationship with Parker.
Baz Luhrmann has brought in some of his frequent collaborators such as Craig Pearce writing the script, and Catherine Martin serving as production and costume designer. Warner Bros will release the picture worldwide.
(News, Source;JoanGansky/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 5 July 2019
Harry Styles Odds-On to play ELVIS in Luhrmann’s Biopic: Harry Styles is now listed as favorite to play Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic with Miles Teller given 5-2 Odds
We’ve seen Joaquin Phoenix do Johnny Cash, Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, and recently Taron Egerton as Elton John. Musical biopics are big business in Hollywood.
Given the critical and box office successes of these and so many other films, it is actually shocking that ELVIS has never been given the serious biopic treatment yet.
Given Elvis’ enduring pop cultural presence even 42 years after his untimely death, he’s left some unbelievably big blue suede shoes to fill. So it makes sense that the competition to cast the role of Elvis would be fierce.
Director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge / Great Gatsby) is behind the camera for this big moment in Hollywood history. But given his sparse catalog and unpredictable casting choices, it makes it tough to imagine who will end up as the title role here.
Harry Styles, former One Direction band member and current solo success, is now the front runner, and it makes sense why. He’s handsome, suave, and charming– all attributes the young ELVIS had in spades. He also has the musical chops to carry Presley’s familiar cornucopia of hits.
But even if Harry Styles is an obvious pick, he’s not the only option.
Miles Teller, who has musical experience behind the drum kit in the Hollywood hit Whiplash, doesn’t necessarily have the vocal chops. But then again, that didn’t stop Rami Malek from playing Freddie Mercury.
However when you picture a big movie billboard overlooking Santa Monica Boulevard advertising Elvis’ life on the screen, Harry Styles makes the most sense. He’s a big, exciting star at the moment, we already know he dazzles on the big screen (like his screen-stealing moment in Dunkirk), and he has the same star quality Elvis possessed. Luhrmann would be all shook up to not give Styles a serious screen-test.
EIN Comments: Miles Teller has pedigree and would certainly cut a foot loose; Aaron Taylor-Johnson knows how to kick ass, especially with Elvis singing Trilogy in the background, while Harry Styles has the vocal chops but may be a bit too one directional for the part. Ansol Elgort has part of the Elvis name down pat and Austin Butler has the right look.
Outsider: the supposedly feminist website, Jezebel, suggests the only person who should play Elvis is his "goth" grandson, Benjamin Keough.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Miles Teller possible frontrunner to play Elvis: Director Baz Luhrmann is searching for an actor "between the ages of 19 and 28 who can portray Elvis' shy vulnerability masking his unshakeable faith in his own destiny."
Esquire Entertainment writer Justin Kirkland has suggested five possibilities for actors to play Elvis in Baz Lurhmann's new Elvis Biopic.
With the Elvis biopic getting off the ground, speculation has started about who should play the King of Rock and Roll.
Supposedly on the short list is Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Austin Butler, Harry Styles, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Tom Hanks has already been cast as Col. Tom Parker.
The suggested list is..
5. Ansel Elgort ('Baby Driver' star)
4. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Golden Globe winner for 'Nocturnal Animals')
3. Harry Styles (Singer who was also OK in 'Dunkirk' - surely not)
2. Austin Butler (OK "elvis" look - Nickelodeon / Disney star)
1. Miles Teller (shown above)
A true possibility, strong performances in 'The Spectacular Now' and 'Whiplash' and nearly the lead in La La Land. Teller may even have the voice to carry the role, and the face alone is the closest of the group to Elvis. If this really is the only shortlist, Teller should have it in the bag.
(News, Source;Esquire/ElvisInfoNet)

Adam Lambert Keen to play Elvis in Biopic: US singer Adam Lambert has recently been fronting the band Queen for live performances in place of Freddie Mercury.
But in the past Lambert has always acknowledged a love of ELVIS, often playing his songs.
Adam Lambert now says that he's interested in playing Elvis in the upcoming Presley biopic, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker.
In a recent interview, Lambert said he's been compared to Elvis "quite a bit" and has performed The King's music on stage for a tribute concert. He even claimed to have perfected Presley's signature lip sneer.
The movie in pre-production will explore the King's rise to fame, his music, his life and his complicated relationship with his manager so it is possible Lambert may be too old for the role. An actor has not been cast in the role of Elvis yet.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

May 2019
Who will play ELVIS in the new Baz Luhrmann film: The casting call went out for Baz Luhrmann's new ELVIS biopic asking for "an actor between the ages of 19 and 28 who can portray the singer’s shy vulnerability masking his unshakeable faith in his own destiny."
Luckily most Elvis Impersonators are over the age of 28, so hopefully a brand new talent will be found. Having said that several Elvis Impersonators are hoping that they might get a chance.
The big-budget film is being shot on Australia's Gold Coast  and Elvis Roberts (his real name) is a local from Banora Point southern Gold Coast and he has a burning love for The King and also acting.
"I really want to be in it," he said. "I've always acted, I make little short films and I have been in two feature films, but only as extras." The 23-year-old has contacted director Baz Luhrmann.
Dual Oscar winner Tom Hanks has been signed to play the role of Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker.
When the film was announced by the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk right with Luhrmann he said he was conducting a worldwide search for the leading role of Elvis, but added he would also employ locally.
"I am committed … to developing Queensland's creative culture and supporting filmmakers, storytellers and artists of all kinds, in the same manner that we ourselves were supported and mentored early in our careers."
Mr Roberts' love of Presley came from his father, Rusty Roberts, who said he had amassed Australia's largest collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia.
"It's enormous," Rusty said. "Anyone can step forward and try to challenge me.
EIN Notes that Greg Page (ex The Wiggles) has his own Elvis museum in Parkes, NSW and would own the biggest value of genuine Elvis possessions in Australia
The 47-year-old personal trainer said he wants to work on the Elvis Presley movie as a technical advisor.
The film is expected to create 900 jobs and inject more than $105 million into the Queensland economy.
A spokesman from Village Roadshow Studios said the production schedule will be finalised in the coming weeks.
Click here to the ABC for their article
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

April 2019
Luhrmann’s ELVIS to be filmed in Australia: Baz Luhrmann’s Tom Hanks-starring Elvis film is set to shoot significant portions in Australia. This was confirmed by Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland.
The currently untitled film, backed by Warner Bros will explore the life and music of Elvis Presley, including his rise to fame, his unprecedented stardom, and his impact on the world. It will also delve into his complicated relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
The 56-year-old Director of innovative musicals Moulin Rouge!/ Great Gatsby Baz Luhrmann is still on the hunt for an actor to play Elvis Presley. He is searching for an actor between the ages of 19 and 28 who can portray the singer’s shy vulnerability masking his unshakeable faith in his own destiny. Anyone who is interested in the role should send photos to elviscasting2020@gmail.com.
Palaszczuk said she was looking forward to welcoming the Warner Bros. production to Queensland’s world-class facilities, Village Roadshow Studios, on the Gold Coast. She said that an agreement to shoot in Queensland had been made after a recent meeting with Luhrmann in London.
No schedule for a start of production was announced.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Baz Lurhmann - the ELVIS research: As noted below Australian director Baz Luhrmann (Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge) is working on pre-production for his new Warner Bros ELVIS biopic.
Latest news was that Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is to play Elvis Presley's iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker.

EIN first reported the news of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic back in May 2014 - but it is only recently that Baz Luhrmann has acknowledged that he is now focussed on his ELVIS project.

Luhrmann has recently posted four videos of  his interview with Elvis' childhood Tupelo friend Sam Bell.
His interviews feature some great photos and delightful insights of Elvis' early years.  (see links below)

The director has also posted three neat photos of him at Graceland with the comment..
"Thanks to Jack, Angie, Regina, and the whole team at Graceland for their support over the last year and a half of research. Not a bad office, hey? Just gotta close the gate on your way out..."
With Academy Award winner Tom Hanks on board and Luhrmann's skills in making epic, music-focused movies there is a real hope that Elvis' legacy will be well-served in this new release.
Baz Luhrmann interviews Sam Bell - Video 1 Click here.
Video 2 Click here. - Video 3 Click here 10 mins. - Video 4 Click here.

EIN Thanks FECC's Jimmy Jamerson for the word-up.
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

Tom Hanks to play Col Parker!: Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is in negotiations to play Elvis Presley’s iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Warner Bros biopic about ELVIS. Variety broke the news this week. EIN first reported the news of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic back in May 2014! While Parker helped launch Elvis’ huge career, he of course also hindered it in many ways. Because he himself was Dutch-born and did not have a US passport, he never allowed Presley to tour internationally.
Luhrmann will direct the movie. He also penned the script with Craig Pearce.
Parker discovered Presley when he was just an unknown and quickly moved in as his lone representation. Parker was responsible for various milestones, including Presley’s record deal with RCA and his successful acting career.
While Luhrmann always envisioned a star for Parker’s part, he wants a newcomer for the role of Presley. The director has begun meeting with talent for the part.
Insiders say a budget is still being ironed out, but Hanks’ commitment will urge the studio to push the project forward. Luhrmann hopes to get the pic into production sometime this year.
Hanks is no stranger to portraying real-life figures like astronaut Jim Lovell in “Apollo 13,” Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in “The Post,” airline captain Chesley Sullenberger in “Sully,” Captain Richard Phillips in “Captain Phillips,” and Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks.”
In previous productions about Elvis' life, Parker has been portrayed by actors including Beau Bridges, Randy Quaid and Gene Jones.
With Hanks’ talents as an actor and Luhrmann’s skills in making epic, music-focused films such as Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom there’s now every reason to start getting excited about this new Elvis biopic.
(News, Source;Varity/ElvisInfoNet)

May 15, 2014 Baz Luhrmann Chasing His Elvis Movie Dream: Great Gatsby Director Baz Luhrmann has contacted Lisa Marie desperate to follow through with his vision for the grand spectacle of his Elvis bio-pic. The Elvis Presley estate, which has long refused to allow his music to be used in biopics, is considering approving a wave of movies about rock ’n’ roll’s most popular performer and Baz Luhrmann is leading the pack.
Lisa Marie may have eased such restraints in response to pleas from Luhrmann, whose films have impressed her. The Australian director has recruited London-based scriptwriter Kelly Marcel to produce a portrait of the Mississippi-born singer in the 1960s.
Luhrmann has promised an "extravagant but truthful" retelling of these years in an as-yet uncast and untitled film for Warner Bros, due in 2016.
There has also been a surge of interest in scripts about Elvis such as 'The Identical' which will focus on the singer’s faith. Another is based on Presley’s biography 'Last Train to Memphis' set in the city in the 1950s.
The Presley estate has been more wary of another project 'Fame and Fortune' based on a loving but unflattering memoir by a former bodyguard.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Leonardo DiCaprio to play Elvis Presley?: File under Crazy Elvis ideas - Just because director Baz Luhrmann likes using actor Leonardo DiCaprio in his films, now comes the rumour that Luhrmann wants DiCaprio to play the singer in his potential new Elvis bio-pic (see story below). This story has been suggested by "DNA India"!
The script for the movie will be written by Kelly Marcel, who also wrote the "Fifty Shades of Grey" screenplay. It is not clear what time period it will focus on.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers played Elvis Presley in a 2005 mini series on CBS. Rose McGowan played Ann-Margret. Meyers had a great resemblance to the "Blue Suede Shoes" singer, so it's interesting to imagine what DiCaprio might look like in the role. The actor is known to really transform himself for his characters. Dicaprio played real-life Frank Abagnale in "Catch Me If You Can" in 2002.
It might be the year of the biopic for DiCaprio, who has also been rumored to be up for a new Steve Jobs movie.
(News, Source;DNAIndia/ElvisInfoNet)

May 1, 2014- Director Baz Luhrmann for Elvis Biopic?: There are stories from Hollywood that Australian director Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) has entered negotiations to direct an untitled biopic on Elvis Presley for Warner Bros. 'Saving Mr. Banks' writer Kelly Marcel is supposedly already working on the screenplay, which isn't based on any existing material about the rock and roll icon.
It isn't known what periods of Elvis' life will be covered in this project. The director has been in negotiations for several weeks, and his deal is expected to be finalized. It is also believed that the filmmaker's wife, Oscar-winning production designer Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby) will join the project as well.
Gail Berman is producing through her Tecumseh Productions company. Courtenay Valenti is overseeing the project for Warner Bros.
Baz Luhrmann made his directing debut with 1992's Strictly Ballroom, before moving onto the Shakespeare adaptation Romeo + Juliet and the 2001 Oscar-nominated musical Moulin Rouge. Last year he had success with his version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary classic The Great Gatsby.
(News, Source;Hollywood/ElvisInfoNet)

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and features Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, Chris Bearde, Steve Binder, Billy Strange, Tanya Lemani Little Egypt, Anita Mann (choreographer), Bill Belew, Earl Brown plus plenty of old compiled interviews from all too many who have sadly passed away.
EIN thanks Dennis Laverty for the input.
Click here to Vimeo. - Sit Back And Celebrate this special day - The video runs around 2 1/2 hours.
(Spotlight, Source;DL/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: The Searcher - Additional Stories' Spotlight: Like all too many serious Elvis fans Dennis Laverty felt let-down by the lack of seventies content in the HBO 'Elvis The Searcher' documentary. Luckily for us he has produced a lovely documentary "Elvis Presley: The Searcher - Additional Stories Not in the Original Film" that anyone can view on Vimeo.
He writes, "I really enjoyed The Searcher documentary, but after watching I wished they would have made it 4 hours. The 1950's skipped what pushed Elvis over-the-top when he appeared on TV, two of his best films and soundtracks (Loving You & Jailhouse Rock), and the backlash he took with his rock and roll Christmas Album. The 1960s unfortunately glossed over American Sound, especially Elvis taking a risk with 'In The Ghetto'.

The 1970s disappointed when nothing was discussed about Elvis' only concept album (Elvis Country), nor 'He Touched Me' (they could have included unreleased Elvis on Tour footage of gospel segment) and finally with David Porter one of the Execs of the film from Stax Records that nothing was discussed about Elvis' returning to Memphis and STAX to record three key albums.
My goal was just to highlight those stories in some way.
Obviously I don't have access to the Elvis archives at Graceland, but I hope you enjoy.
The following are 10 segments that I thought could have fit into the film.
... EIN totally agrees and thoroughly recommends this 37 minute video.
This is the type of material that should have been in the DVD Extras     
CLICK HERE to VIMEO to watch
EIN thanks Dennis Laverty for his input.
(Spotlight, Source;Dennis Laverty/ElvisInfoNet)

'Big Boss Man: What Kind of Technical Advice Did Parker Provide for Elvis’s Movies?': As technical advisor, Colonel Tom Parker was hailed by showbiz bible Variety as an "expert property developer." Though some of the movie properties Elvis’s manager helped develop were incredibly slapdash, that observation does raise one of the most puzzling aspects of the star’s Hollywood career.
How much control did Parker have over Presley’s films, and what kind of technical advice did he provide between 1956 and 1972?
The Colonel developed the strategy – and ensured it was executed. Though his client often complained that he was "tired of these damn movies" in which fought in one scene and sang to a dog in the next, he never decisively rebelled, signifying his distaste by hiding in Memphis for as long as possible until the next shooting schedule beckoned.

Click here to this EIN Spotlight where respected author Paul Simpson takes a fascinating look at Colonel Parker and his input, both positive and negative, into Elvis' film career...
(Spotlight; Source;PSimpson/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Elvis was not a Racist'- A Spotlight Revisited: Back in 2005 EIN's Piers Beagley wrote an in-depth look at Elvis' background & cultural influences, discovering a man that not only helped the local black community but who was also key figure in the racial integration of popular music. As James Brown said, "I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There’ll never be another like that soul brother" and Muhammad Ali, "Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know."
Now in 2012 EIN's good friend Bernard Tanner, Jr. sent us a wonderful letter explaining his reaction when faced with young adults in his hometown of Altanta Georgia accusing Elvis of being a racist. He says.. "My refusal to back down against their impassioned but wrong-headed and false accusations of Presley's race bigotry shocked them.... .. And (often) lost in these arguments is the fact that Elvis was supernally

gifted as a performer and as a vocalist. And that he marshaled those rare gifts to the African-American cultural and musical construct and helped to give those musical idioms, not only a much wider acceptability, respect and legitimacy - but supernally so!
With Elvis Week 2012 recently ending please CLICK HERE to see this excellent article re-visited.
(Spotlight Article, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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